The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Fowlis Wester, Perthshire, Scotland
- Father's Name:
- Andrew Wilkie
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary Anne Wilkie
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Plantation Owner
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 36.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- 'E' Force Borneo
- 1/1238 & 1962
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan No1 Camp
- Date of Death:
‘WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX8706 Private James Wilkie, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW’s who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW’s were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Wilkie, aged 36, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 17 May 1945. He was the son of Andrew and Mary Ann Wilkie, of Longforgan, Perthshire, Scotland. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 19. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)’
James Wilkie recorded Andrew Wilkie, his father as his NOK.
He would have arrived in late 1920s’ early 1930’s at Fremantle.
In 1943 Electoral Roll, that is last known address prior to enlistment, James was a miner working at Norseman. He gave his address as Mitchells, Princep Street. Mitchells would have been either a hotel or boarding house.
According to Scottish records, James was born 26 July Crieff, Perth, Scotland.
His parents Andrew Wilkie was a park keeper and Mary Ann Doyle married 2 Aug 1989 Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They had two sons James and his brother Henry John Wilkie born 1907 and three daughters – Annie, Elizabeth and Mary Ann.
His father Andrew Wilkie was born 1876, Auchterarder, Perthshire, Scotland. He died 28 Feb 1947, Longforgan, Perthshire, Scotland aged 71 years and would have learnt of his son’s death late 1945.
Mary Ann (nee Doyle) was born about 1878. She died 23 Apr 1914 Lochee, Dundee, Perth, Scotland aged 36 years.
When Andrew Wilkie enlisted 1916 to join Highland RFA (Royal Field Artillery) Reservist at 39 years of age, his records show Jane Ann (Kinnear) as his wife. His service No. was 157239 Gunner. James would have been about 12 years old.
Andrew Wilkie’s signed document confirming he would not be eligible for a Pension. He was discharged Feb 1919.
Should any ancestors of James Wilkie read this, we would be most grateful to hear from you.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Sandakan - Borneo ***
- Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak