The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Findlay
First Name:
Alexander William
Nick Name:
Alec
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8874
Classification:
Clerk, Batman to Phelps
Company:
Headquarters Company, Platoon No. 3
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
28.06.1898
Place of Birth:
Inveness, Scotland
Father's Name:
George Findlay
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Findlay
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Orchardist
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 39, Age 44.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
POW#:
4/6116 & 2241
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Non Pladuk
Date of Death:
18.01.1944
Buried:
Non Pladuk Cemetery, Grave No. 43

General Description

Fought with 51st Highland Division in WW1 and was a Prisoner of War in Germany.

On 28 December 1922 Alec Findlay departed London, England on ‘Berrima’ for a new life in WA.  He was 24 years old, his occupation was recorded as platelayer.

In about 1929 Alec married Margaret (Peggy) Porter Jaffery in Perth.  The couple were residing at Piesse’s Brook, Kalamunda when Alec enlisted.  His occupation was motor driver.

Earlier in 1931 Alec was recorded in the Electoral Rolls as residing at Carmel and was an orchardist and then in 1934 both Alec and Peggy were residing at Piesse’s Brook, he was an orchardist.

 

Navel Base, A Findlay 3rd from left
Navel Base, A Findlay 3rd from left.

 

Alec was selected with the ill-fated ‘D’ Force V Battalion which resulted in a tragically high death rate.  It is believed Alec was previously at Kuii Camp before being moved to Non Pladuk where he died of malaria aged 42 years.  His was body was interred and buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where he is one of 91 men from the 2/4th.

Please read about ‘D’ force V Battalion

Alec’s death left Peg a widow and two children without their father.

 

Findlay West Australian 22 September 1946

 

 

Photograph taken January 2018.  C. Mellor

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
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