The Soldier's Details

Surname:
McAskil
First Name:
Robert Ramsay
Nick Name:
Bob
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8261
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
17.08.1940
DOB:
2.01.1901
Place of Birth:
North Coburg, Victoria
Father's Name:
Donald McAskil
Mothers's Name:
Jessie McAskil
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Prospector
Memorial:
Djakarta War Cemetery, Plot 2, Row B, Grave 17, Age 44.
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
Java Party No. 20
Camps Java:
Bandoeng No. 4 Camp, Bicycle Camp Batavia, Makasura. Sent to Sumatra to Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway.
POW#:
4394
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri-Beri
Place of Death:
Kampoeng 106km near Kota Baroe, Sumatra
Date of Death:
28.03.1945

General Description

Read about Bob McAskil’s escape to Sumatra.

Soldier missed draft to Japan due to illness.

Bob later joined Java Party No. 22 and worked on the Pakan Baroe-Moearo Railway in Sumatra with other 2/4th men including WX13468 Annear, Booth WX8766 who died 15 April 1945 of beri beri, Squance WX16885 and Quinn WX9285.

 

MacAskil Robert R 10 October 1945

 

McASKIL, Private, ROBERT RAMSAY, WX8261, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 28 March 1945. Age 44. Son of Donald and Jessie McAskil, of North Coburg, Victoria, Australia. Grave Ref. 2. B. 17.

Bob had been living and working in Menzies prior to his enlistment.

Camp Locations:

  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Makasura - Java
  • Pakan Baroe-Moearo - Sumatra **
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