The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Goldie
First Name:
James Mclaughlan
Nick Name:
Jim
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7627
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
DOB:
1.11.1918
Place of Birth:
Clydesbank, Scotland
Father's Name:
Thomas Goldie
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Hamil Goldie
Religion:
Congregational
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 26.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi (Forest Party)
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
739
Cause of Death:
Acute Enteritis
Place of Death:
Sandakan-Ranau track, 2nd Ranau march.
Date of Death:
4.06.1945

General Description

GOLDIE, Private, JAMES MCLAUGHLAN, WX7627, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 4 June 1945. Age 26. Son of Thomas and Sarah Goldie, of Busselton, Western Australia. Panel 18 Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

 

Goldie, James James McLaughlan Goldie

 

Jim Goldie and ‘Bubbles’ Holmes were best mates working at Worsley prior to  enlisting.  Tragically they both perished on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March, Borneo.   Jim Goldie’s official Japanese death records state he died of acute enteritis on 4 June 1945, 38 miles from Sandakan.  He was 26 years old.

With ‘B’ Force Jim left Singapore 7th July 1942, on board tramp ship ‘Ubi Maru’ and arrived Sandakan 18th July.

9 groups of about 50 POWs each, left Sandakan between 29th January and 6th February 1945  Jim left with 2nd Sandakan -Ranau March – 536 POWs again in groups of  about 50 men began marching from 29 May.  288 sick POWs remained behind at Sandakan,  Jim died 4 June, 1945 on the track 38 miles from Sandakan.  Cause of death was given as acute enteritis.

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Goldie WX7627

Death Notice West Australian 1 November 1945
Death Notice West Australian 1 November 1945

 

Beard died Sandakan on 10 July, 1945.  Don Manning died 1943 at Kuii Camp, Burma-Thai Railway of Avitaminosis.  Beard, Goldie and Manning were in ‘C’ Company and enlisted in 1940.

Charles ‘Bubbles’ Holme enlisted September 1941.  Unfortunately we have no record of which Company he was with.   Holme was sent to Sandakan with ‘E’ Force.  Holme was Second Sandakan- Ranau March and perished 3 days after Goldie, on 7th June 1945.

 

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James (Jim) Goldie was born in Clydebank Scotland in November 1918, one of three sons and two daughters born to Thomas and Sarah Goldie.

The Goldie family emigrated from Scotland in June 1923 and two months later took up land with the Group Settlement Scheme Lot 68, Loc 854. In Mar 1928 the family transferred to Group 27  Loc 1187.   The Group Settlement commenced 1921 and generally perceived as being a failed project.

Jim  attended school at Kalgup.  He enjoyed playing soccer as did his brothers.

After finishing school he worked as a farm hand in the district.

Jim’s name is included on Busselton World War 2 Memorial.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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