The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Wenn
First Name:
Stanley Keith
Nick Name:
Stan or known as Mick
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7641
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
10.09.1940
Discharged:
8.02.1946
DOB:
23.09.1912
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry Wenn
Mothers's Name:
Mable Wenn
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Stevedore
Singapore:
Selarang Camp, Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, A. G. H. Roberts Barracks Changi (Potts fracture to the right tibia 13.11.1942), Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘J’ Force Japan, Wales Maru Party.
Camps Japan:
Kobe (9/6-20/6/43), Notogawa-Osaka sub-Camp No. 9 (20/6-10/9/45) dyke construction
POW#:
721
Return Details 1945:
Okinawa‐Manila, USS Goodhue, Manila-Sydney, HMS Formidable, Sydney-Perth by troop train.

General Description

Stan enlisted at Bunbury August 1940 and later joined ‘C’ Company.  He trained Northam Army Camp, Woodside, SA and Darwin, N.T. before sailing to Singapore.

As a POW Singapore he was part of work parties around Singapore for the Japanese.

Stan was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943 sailing in ‘Wales’ Maru.   Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Please read further about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales Maru’

He was then transferred from Kobe to Notogawa-Osaka sub-Camp No. 9 until end of the war.  At this last camp, Stan was one of 3 men from 2/4th sent here on 20 May 1945.   With the limited rations  the men lost between 4-8 kilograms in weight.  Please read Leahy’s Affidavit about this camp.

Height 5′ 6 3/4″

 

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Mick was eldest of two sons born to parents Ebenezer (Henry) Wenn and Mabel Cole who married 1906 Bunbury.  Henry and Mabel also had several daughters.

Mick’s younger brother Leslie James also enlisted with AIF serving with Service No. WX42267.  He also returned home to WA.

 

Below: Henry Wenn died in 1938.

 

Ebenezer (Henry) was the youngest of four sons and five daughters born to parents James Frederick Wenn b. England and Helen (Ellen) Jarvis b. Fremantle who married 1861 Fremantle.    Ellen Wenn died in 1913 having been resident of Bunbury for 51 years.    Ellen and James left a large number of descendants throughout Bunbury and surrounding regions!

James Frederick Wenn was an early pioneer of Bunbury – arriving as a seven year old in June 1843 with his parents.   He worked as a carpenter/builder and even whaler.   Mick’s grandfather, J F Wenn  died in 1925.

 

Below:  Believed to be James Wenn.

 

 

 

 

Below:  In 1911 James and Ellen Wenn celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

 

 

Stan’s name is included amongst the former POWs returning from Japan.  At Manila the men boarded HMS ‘Formidable’ to sail to Sydney.

Below:  Stan is included in POWs rescued at Notogawa, September 1945

 

 

Below, former POWs arrive in Western Australia 22 October 1945.

 

Stan’s mother Mabel Wenn died in October 1952.

 

In 1953 Mick married Edith Beatrice (Biddy) Yates at Bunbury.  The couple lived in Bunbury where Mick continued his occupation as a waterside worker throughout his life.

In the Jan 1973 edition of Borehole Bulletin, Editor Ted Wallin wrote ‘Mick up again from Bunbury.  Mick suffers badly from arthritis and his hands are crippled up.  Hope that you can get fixed up once again Mick!’

 

‘Mick’  passed away aged 69, November 10 1981, Bunbury WA.

 

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Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Notogawa, Osaka #9-B - Japan
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