The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bird
First Name:
Charles Roland
Nick Name:
Charlie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9017
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
22.09.1916
Place of Birth:
North Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Roland Bird
Mothers's Name:
Beatrice Agnes Bird (nee Stimpson)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Bread Carter
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 28
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
487
Cause of Death:
Acute Enteritis
Place of Death:
Ranau No. 2 Camp
Date of Death:
26.07.1945

General Description

‘Darwin, NT. c. October 1941. Private Charlie R. Bird of 5 Platoon, A Company, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion on an A frame designed bed which the unit constructed for Winellie Camp. A lateral strip of bamboo at head and foot provided support for the mosquito net and personal gear could be stored on the mangrove sapling rack beneath the straw filled palliasse. When the unit arrived at the camp, galvanised huts had been erected, but many were without concrete flooring and windows, requiring the rest weeks at the camp to be spent finishing off the accommodation.’  Photograph donated by John Ramsbottom to AWM’

 

 

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Charlie’s parents Roland Bird (born about 1887 Sussex, England) and Beatrice Agnes Stimpson (born 1890 Hotham, Victoria)  married 1914 at East Fremantle.  Charlie was the eldest of a large family of children.

Prior to enlisting, Charlie was residing at 10 King St, East Fremantle with his parents. To his family he was known as ‘Charl’. He worked for Connolly Bros, Palmyra as a bread carter.

Charlie Bird enlisted October 1940 and later joined 2/4th ‘A’ Company.  He was selected with ‘B’ Force Borneo whilst a POW at Singapore.  Please read further about ‘B’ Force Borneo.

There were few remaining POWs alive when Charlie died on 26 July 1945 aged 28 years at Ranu.

The horrific story of the hell these POWs lived and died through shocked the world.  One can’t begin to imagine how their families lived with the horrific news of Sandakan.  The only survivors, the very fortunate six Australians who escaped and survived, were thankfully able to tell the world.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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