The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Company Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- Bristol, England
- Father's Name:
- Joseph Sevier
- Mothers's Name:
- Florence Rose Sevier
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck and Tractor Driver
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial , Panel 19, Age 38.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘E’ Force Borneo
- 4/6597 & 1895
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan‐Ranau track
- Date of Death:
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.
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
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***