The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Davey
First Name:
Roy William
Nick Name:
Bluey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8681
Company:
'A' Company, No. 8 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
25.04.1915
Place of Birth:
East Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Herbert Davey
Mothers's Name:
Ethel Olive Davey
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row L, Grave 3, Age 28.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
POW#:
8768
Cause of Death:
Dysentery and Avitaminosis
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
1.07.1943
Buried:
Tarsau No. l Cemetery, Grave No. 156.

General Description

R W Davey

 

Roy was the fourth of eight (8) children born to Herbert and Ethel Olive Davey (nee Jeffrey).

In 1947 he was employed as a miner at Edjudina Gold Mine located 145 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie, and later living in Kalgoorlie prior to enlisting.

Known as Bluey, Davey was in 8 Platoon and a good mate Ron Badock.

Bluey was selected in Singapore with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  He left Singapore by train on 14th March 1943 for the 4 day journey to Thailand.  Within four months Bluey died at the age of 33 years from dysentery and avitaminosis at Tarsau and was buried in the Tarsau cemetery.

At war’s end his body was laid to rest at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where there are 91 men from the 2/4th.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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