The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Magor
First Name:
Reginald Gordon
Nick Name:
'Gus'
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8656
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
2.07.1946
DOB:
3.06.1920
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Gordon Alfred Magor
Mothers's Name:
Doris Irene Magor
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Brankassi, Non Pladuk
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
POW#:
3/8596, 582
Japan:
Aramis Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Manila, USS Lunga Point, Manila-Morotai-Darwin, PBY Catalina aircraft A24-354, Darwin-Melbourne, B24 Liberator aircraft, Darwin-Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Reginald Gordon ‘Gus’ Magor and Hector John ‘Blue’ Bishop were best mates.  The two friends travelled from Kalgoorlie to Perth where they enlisted on 23 October 1940.  Both were drivers and joined Headquarters Company.

In 1941 Blue Bishop married Joyce Davenport.

Returning to Western Australia at War’s end, Gus Magor married Ruth Davenport, sister to Joyce Bishop (nee Davenport).

Tragically ‘Blue’ Bishop was killed during the battle of Singapore. He died 12 February 1942 and his son Dennis was born 2 weeks later.

Read about mates Blue’ Bishop and Gus Magor

 

In ‘Borehole Bulletin’ of January 1972, there is a story of Ruth and Gus Magor touring the South, firstly to stay with the Holdings at Narrogin, where they met Blue Wilson’s brother who informed them ‘Blue’ had flown in from Hong Kong for a brief visit to the family.

Then onto George Quinn who lived about 20 miles out of Jerramungup; his farmhouse built high on a hill which got a nice cool breeze in the hot weather.    George’s property had been hit by a bad storm two months earlier.  They had lost a lot of sheep.  George, his wife and daughter were bright and cheerful!

Then to Albany, Manjimup to Collie where they stayed with Doug and Stella Tanner for a night.  Doug celebrating his 50th birthday.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
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