The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Stribley
First Name:
Albert William
Nick Name:
Bert
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX9080
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘D’ Company Headquarters, Platoon No. 16
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
7.11.1911
Place of Birth:
Midland Junction, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Charles Stribley
Mothers's Name:
Emily Josephine Mounier
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot 6, Row A, Grave 13, Age 30.
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Place of Death:
2/19th Battalion Headquarters
Date of Death:
9.02.1942

General Description

 

KIA 9.2.42, last seen at 2/19 Bn HQ on that day.  The 2/19th Battalion Headquarters was located on the west coast of Singapore to the north of Sungei Berih.

Bert was fighting with  ‘D’ Company’s newly formed  No. 16 Platoon which suffered heavy losses.  He was Platoon Corporal under Commanding Officer Ron Arbery, and Platoon Sgt Des Colevas.

At least 8 machine gunners died between 9th and 12th Feb 1942.  From this Singapore formed No. 16 Platoon, another three died at Borneo – Attenborough, H Dorizzi and Ernie Hill.

The Gibbs brothers (originally No. 13 Platoon) lost their lives when ‘Rakuyo’ Maru was hit by American torpedo.

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L Cpl Albert William Stribley WX9080
L Cpl Albert William Stribley WX9080

 

Pte Norman Leslie Stribley WX9058 and L/Cpl Albert William Stribley WX9080
Pte Norman Leslie Stribley WX9058 and L/Cpl Albert William Stribley WX9080

 

 

The above confirmed death list suggests Albert Stribley’s family were unable to receive confirmation of his death until April 1946.

 

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Bert was the eldest of nine children born to Thomas Stribley and Emily Josephine Mounier.  There were six sons and 3 daughters.,

Bert and his second born brother Norman (Norm) Leslie Stribley WX9058 enlisted together on 25 October 1940, both joining the 2/4th and with ‘D’ Company.

Bert Stribley in 1934 married Irene May Cox and they had two sons, Bevan born in 1937 and Barry born 1941.

 

 

His tragic death left a young widow with two young sons to raise.

 

Bert’s early life interests.

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