The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Sevier
First Name:
Joseph
Nick Name:
Joe
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8544
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
5.08.1906
Place of Birth:
Bristol, England
Father's Name:
Joseph Sevier
Mothers's Name:
Florence Rose Sevier
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck and Tractor Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial , Panel 19, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘E’ Force Borneo
POW#:
4/6597 & 1895
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track
Date of Death:
7.06.1945

General Description

 

Ockerby & Sevier, Sydney
Ockerby & Sevier, Sydney.    Ockerby was executed by Japanese 9/2/1942 and Sevier died June 1945 on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March.                                                                                      Sevier, died on 7 June 1945 and his body recovered from the track after the war with 3 other 2/4th soldiers.  Charles Holme WX16416, George Smith WX84891 and George Taylor WX14775.

 

It would be fairly correct to assume the 4 men were murdered/executed by their guards, in particular as they all died on the same date on the track.

 

Montague Smith WX9143 on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right
Montague ‘Monty’ Smith WX9143 (died 11/3/1943 Thailand) on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right.

 

Joe Sevier’s SA Pay Book Photo.

 

Joe Sevier and ‘Monty’ Smith were 2 of 4 young men to join up from the small town of Muckinbudin.  The other two were Dudley Squire (KIA 12th February 1942) and Reg ‘Buck’ Rogers. Only Rogers survived and returned home.

Joe Sevier migrated to Western Australia 1925/26 with two older brothers.  He was the youngest of 8 children born near Bristol, England.  (Four older brothers served in the British forces during WW1.)  Joe worked  in the wheatbelt area of Narrogin and Korrelocking before settling at Wilgoyne near Muckinbudin in 1927.

In 1928 Joe was joined by his mother and an older brother and his family where they intially lived in tents on their employer’s farm. . With only a horse and cart, trips to Muckinbudin were rare. They went to the nearest rail siding Lake Brown where there were several wheat lumpers’ camps.   There was one store, one bakery, one butcher and a hall.

Joe and his brothers worked in the area clearing roads, tractor driving, fencing and general farm work.  Joe and one of his brothers, Fred took up virgin land.  They cleared a small area and emus invaded and destroyed their first crop.  Joe was a keen soccer player and represented Wilgoyne playing in the same competition as Dudley Squire from Muckinbudin.  He rode a Harley motor bike.  His last job was at Nungarin before he enlisted.

Joe Sevier married a girl from Adelaide shortly before going overseas.

Read story of Boys from Muckinbudin

Sevier

Camp Locations:

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