The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Wilson
First Name:
Ronald Matthew
Rank:
Staff Sergeant (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX8438
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
30.12.1910
Place of Birth:
Melbourne, Victoria
Father's Name:
Matthew Wilson
Mothers's Name:
Marian Reva Wilson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Estate Agent
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 35.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
374
Cause of Death:
Menningitis and Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:
25.12.1944

General Description

Shell shocked at Buona Vista on 15.2.1942. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital suffering from exhaustion and anxiety neurosis as a result of being 10 days in the front line. Discharged to unit on 26.2.1942.

Soldier contracted illness on 7.11.1944. Death certified by 1st Lt. Yamamoto Katsuji, Medical Officer.

Hale School Memorial
Plaque 116:
Matthew Ronald Wilson
Hale School 1917-1926
Ron was the son of Hale School Headmaster, Mathew Wilson. He attended Hale School from 1917 to 1926 and in his final year was a prefect, a fine footballer and cricketer and represented the School as a long jumper, hurdler and high jumper in the Inters athletics programme.
He eventually joined the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion after the outbreak of the war and, after training, was sent to Singapore. He was taken captive when that city fell – and, after a time in Changi Prison, he was sent as part of a work party, “E” Force, to Borneo in 1943.
He died at Sandakan, North Borneo of malaria and meningitis on Christmas Day 1944. He was 35 years of age.
Placed by his nephew, Mr Jim McManus.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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