The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Rexford Frank
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William John Newling
- Mothers's Name:
- Lillian Mary Newling
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 3 Row D, Grave 71-73, Age 30.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kinsaiyokk, Brankassi, Hindaine, Kuii
- 4/6449 & 2278
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Grave No. 187, Kuii
Rexford Frank Newling (on right) was one of three brothers to enlist into 2/4th.
Older brother Rolf Walker Newling WX8865 died 1945 Ranau on the ‘Death March’, and younger brother Oswald Kitchener ‘Kitch’ Newling WX17458 the last to enlist in October 1941 also died of Malaria at Kuii, however a month later than Rexford.
For further information read the story “Newling Brothers”
Please read about ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
Rex Newling enlisted 8 October 1940 joined Headquarters Company as a ‘bricklayer.’ Older brother Rolf who enlisted a few days later on 25 October 1940 was a Section Orderley with ‘B’ Company.
Rex or Rexy Newling married in 1941 to Doris Jones, in Northam.
As with brother Kitch, Rex was at Selarang and went out on various work parties for the Japanese before he and Kitch were selected to work on the Burma-Thai railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion. V Battalion endured the highest death rate of 50% of Australian work Forces on the railway.
V Battalion travelled by rail from Singapore on 17 March 1943 to Thailand. Their first work camp was Kinsaiyok, then Brankassi, Hindaine and finally Kuii Camp were Rex died of malaria on 29 September 1943 and Kitch died (also of malaria) on 22 October 1943.
Plaque at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 3 Row D, Grave 71-73
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
- Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
- Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
- Kinsaiyok Jungle No.2 Camp, 167.7Km - Thailand