The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Winter
First Name:
Alfred Daly
Nick Name:
Alf
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX8110
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
16.08.1940
Discharged:
30.05.1945
DOB:
7.12.1914
Place of Birth:
Gaulle, Ceylon
Father's Name:
William Sextus Daly Winter
Mothers's Name:
Annie Gertrude Elizabeth Winter
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
2775
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 36 (rescued by USS Pampanito)
Return Details 1945:
Saipan‐Guadalcanal-Brisbane-Perth, 1.11.1944

General Description

Soldier wounded in action 11/2/1942. Received shrapnel wound to lower back and leg but remained on duty.

Read the story Members of 2/4th nominated for Medal but not awarded.

And the story Surviving the Sinking of the Rakuyo Maru written by Roy Cornford NX44955 of the 2/19th Battalion, courtesy of Peter Winstanley.

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Alf and Wally Winter (centre and right)

Alf Winter was one of few very lucky men to live long enough after the sinking of Rakuyo Mar to be rescued by USS ‘Pampanito’ in the South China Sea.  During his last surviving days when Alf felt he could no longer “go on” and his spirits at their lowest, he suddenly remembered it was his wife’s birthday!  It was the 15th September 1944.  His wife Justine Smith was sister of his mate ‘Whispering’ Smith WX6641.  Both Winter and Smith were in ‘D’ Company.
Winter survived to be rescued by the Americans.  The ‘Pampanito’ rescued five 2/4th men.  Alf and Wally Winter, Jack Cocking, Tom Pascoe and Harry Pickett.

Altogether there were 11 men from 2/4th who were rescued by the four American submarines.

Alf returned to Australia with the other rescued Rakuyo Maru POWs where they spent time being medically assessed and more importantly were able to provide AIF details of their Battalion deaths, locations of POW Camps, Japanese defence installations and vital Japanese manufacturing locations passed onto British and American bombers.

Alfred Winter
Alfred Winter

Alf returned to Perth by end of 1944.  He and Justine lived in South Perth.

Alf Winter died 2nd November 1982 aged 68 years.  Justine died in 2002 aged 89 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
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