The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Needham
First Name:
John William Haynes
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX8137
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
16.08.1940
DOB:
26.08.1913
Place of Birth:
Broome, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Richard William Needham (Rev)
Mothers's Name:
Isabella Needham (nee Strang)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Motor Mechanic
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A9, Row D, Grave 10, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Burma:
Khonkan 55km Camp (tropical ulcers on right foot)
POW#:
1451
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia
Place of Death:
Khonkan 55km Camp
Date of Death:
5.12.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 259, Khonkan

General Description

John Needham is remembered at the Collie War Memorial.

Please take a look.

 

He was employed at Big Bell Mine, Mt. Magnet as a motor mechanic prior to enlisting in 1940.  John recorded his mother Isabella as his NOK.

John’s mother Isabella Strang was born 1881 Everton, England and migrated to WA.  Isabella married Richard William Needham about 1903 Fremantle.   Richard was born 1870 Norwood, SA and his parents moved to WA when he was young.

Richard and Isabella had four daughters and one son, John.  Three sisters were born between 1905 and 1910, and then Betty was born after John in 1918, Northam.  The Needham family moved regularly with Richard’s work with the Church.

Richard Needham died in 1935 at Narrogin and his mother died in 1950.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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