The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Ramage
First Name:
George Robert
Nick Name:
Bob
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX9059
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
24.06.1905
Place of Birth:
Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Ramage
Mothers's Name:
Ellen Ramage
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Guard, W.A.G.R
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A3, Row B, Grave 15, Age 38.
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burm, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Burma:
Tanyin, Anakwin,Taungzun 75, Mezali 72, Apalon, Kwondaw 95,
POW#:
3931
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Payathonzu 108km Camp, Burma
Date of Death:
23.09.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 17, Payathonzu

General Description

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L-R Claude Gault, Jack Wren, George Gossage, Harold Eastwood, Bob Ramage.

Bob Ramage married 1929 to Edna Florence Smith.

 

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Bob was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who had ‘jumped ship’ at Fremantle on 15 January 1942 and unable to re-board before  ‘Aquitania’ departed for Singapore the next day.  He therefore did not reach Singapore as planned and remained in Java and with the Allied Forces there.  Consequently he was never in Singapore, only when passing through from Java to Rangoon, Burma.

He was selected with ‘A’ Force  Burma, Java Party No. 4 Williams Force to work on the Burma end of the railway.

Bob had been very fortunate in that his mail had reached his wife, but sadly he was never to return home.

Bob was with No. 1 Mobile Force when he died from dysentery at Paythonzu 108 km Camp, Burma on 23 September 1943. Read about Payathonzu Camp

Read further about No. 1 Mobile Force, Burma.

Soldier’s funeral service was conducted by Major A.F. Hobba, 2/4th C.C.S.

Camp Locations:

  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Taungzun, 60 Kilo, 358k - Burma
  • Tanyin 35 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Anakwin 45 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Mezali 70km Camp - Burma
  • Kyondaw 95 Kilo Camp – Burma
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