The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Smith
First Name:
Montague Joseph
Nick Name:
Monty
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9143
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
18.08.1916
Place of Birth:
Queens Park, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Mathew Joseph Smith
Mothers's Name:
Lily Monica Smith
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A15, Row A, Grave 4, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johre Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘F’ Force Thailand
POW#:
4/6639
Cause of Death:
Dysentery and Tropical Ulcers
Place of Death:
Tanbaya Hospital Camp, Burma
Date of Death:
13.11.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 615, Tanbaya

General Description

Soldier died 0900 hours on 13/11/1943 at Tanbaya Hospital Camp, Burma.   Funeral service conducted by Capt. F. J. Cahill from 2/9th Field Ambulance on 15.11.1943. Soldier was actually buried on 13.11.1943.

Montague Smith WX9143
Montague Smith WX9143

 

Montague Smith WX9143 on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right
Montague ‘Monty’ Smith WX9143 on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right

 

‘Monty’ Smith was one of 4 men from Muckinbudin to join the 2/4th.  The three others all born in England, had migrated to Australia and all played soccer in the same competition.  Joe Sevier (died 1945 Ranau-Sandakan track), Dudley Squire (KIA 12th February 1942) and Reg ‘Buck’ Rogers.  Rogers was the only one to survive.

‘Monty’ attended Victoria Park Primary School before his family moved to Koorda.  Later, in 1926 they took up a farm in a new settlement near Lake Brown in the Muckinbudin district.  It was here ‘Monty’ completed his education by correspondence.

He was from a large family and his mother Lilian was left on her own to run the farm.  ‘Monty’ and siblings had little time for outside interests and worked hard.  He did play football and cricket however not regularly as district team member.

‘Monty’s’ mother who was known as ‘Mrs. L.M.’ was highly respected.  She was the only woman from the area to be called to a 1933 Royal Commission into the Agricultural Bank.

Read story of Boys from Mukinbudin

Unfortunately, we little else of Monty’s life and  Smith family.  Lily Monica died Mt Lawley in 15 May 1982 aged 88 years.

 

The Erickson family are known to both Monty Smith and Dudley Squire fro  2/4th.

 

Smith was selected to work on the Burma Thai Railway with ‘F’ Force Thailand.  Please read further about this force.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tanbaya, 362k - Burma
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