The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Newling
First Name:
Rexford Frank
Nick Name:
Rex
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8432
Classification:
Bricklayer
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
8.10.1940
DOB:
28.04.1913
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William John Newling
Mothers's Name:
Lillian Mary Newling
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Bricklayer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 3 Row D, Grave 71-73, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyokk, Brankassi, Hindaine, Kuii
POW#:
4/6449 & 2278
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Kuii
Buried:
Grave No. 187, Kuii

General Description

 

 

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Newling Brothers

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

 

 

Newling Rex 1

Newling Rex 2

Newling Rex 3

Newling Rex

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newling Rex Death Notice

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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