The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Short
First Name:
William Lindsay
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8693
Classification:
Cook
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
15.01.1946
DOB:
22.05.1904
Place of Birth:
Bath, England
Father's Name:
James Lindsay Short
Mothers's Name:
Emily Gertrude Short
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi, Changi Gaol Camp.
POW#:
1/9276
Return Details 1945:
Singapore‐Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne‐Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

Tea break before Darwin Oct 41 Standing L-R Fitzgerald, Minchin, Golden, Short, Vidler, ? , Jamieson, Cpl Lee, ?, ? , Ewen. Kneeling L-R Cpl Townsend, Gregory and RK O’Leary. Photo taken by Major Saggers.

 

 

 

 

W.L. (Bill) Short
W.L. (Bill) Short

Soldier was wounded in action at West Bukit Timah on 7/2/1942. Admitted to Field Ambulance with shrapnel wounds to buttocks, legs and arms. Transferred to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 17/2/1942 and to 2/10th Australian General Hospital on 7/3/1942. Admitted to A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi on 27/5/1942 with an abscess to right leg. Discharged to unit on 28/5/1942. Transferred to No. 2 Convalescent Depot on 28/9/1942.

Bill was unable to leave Singapore because of the injuries he suffered.

Soldier suffered permanent disability to his right leg as a result of wounds.

"A new Friend" William Short, C. McDonald, - Thompson (front), Unknown, - Davey. E 'Snow' Watt.
“A new Friend”
William Short, C. McDonald,
– Thompson (front), Unknown,
– Davey. E ‘Snow’ Watt.

 

Changi, Singapore at end of war.

William Short is featured in this photograph, however we cannot be absolutely certain which POW he is.  (Second from left?)  He never fully recovered his health and suffered continuing pain and disability his entire life with his injuries.

 

Bill Short married Peggy Millington, 1936 Northam.

Bill Short died in 1985.

Below: Grandson of Bill Short, Father Braden Short for many years hosted the services for 2/4th MGB.   Braden was much admired by the veterans, and loved by all who attended his services.

 

 

 

Father Braden Short, grandson of Bill Short WX8693

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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