The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Newling
First Name:
Rolf Walker
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8865
Classification:
Section Orderly
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
15.06.1911
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William John Newling
Mothers's Name:
Lillian Mary Newling (nee Walker)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 33.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
1071
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Ranau No2 Camp
Date of Death:
13.06.1945

General Description

Rolf Newling was the eldest of 3 brothers who enlisted into 2/4th. Rolf died on the ‘Death March’ Ranau in June 1945. Osward Kitchener WX17458 and Rexford Frank WX8432 both died of malaria at Kuii Camp, Thailand  about a month apart in 1943.

Rolf Newling family
Rolf Newling family – his daughter Joan Dalwood – see stories for more information.
Newling
Newling Brothers

 

For further information read the story “Newling Brothers”

WX8865 Private Rolf Walker Newling 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 B Force. The 1494 POW’s that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Newling, aged 33, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 13 June 1945. He was the son of William John and Lillian Mary Newling, of Leederville, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18

Rolf’s parents Willian John Newling and Lillian Mary Walker married in 1905 at Mt. Hawthorn.  William born in Victoria 1880, died in 1943 at Wembley and Lillian died in 1966.

Rolf married November 1925 to Eileen Alice McComish.  The couple had two children.  Sadly for the family, Eileen and Rolf divorced in 1938.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Ranau - Borneo
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