The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Evans
First Name:
Walter Cyril
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9230
Company:
'A' Company, No. 6 Platoon.
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
3.05.1902
Place of Birth:
England
Father's Name:
William George Evans
Mothers's Name:
Annie Evans
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Stevedore
Memorial:
Labuan War Cemetery, Plot R, Row AA, Grave 16, Age 43.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
1465
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track 2nd Ranau march.
Date of Death:
16.06.1945

General Description

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Walter Cyril Evans with Kenneth Clifton WX9243

 

Walter was husband to Ida Mary Evans (nee Carpenter) of Albany. They had married in 1935 and had two daughters Val and Audrey.

Evans was selected in Singapore to sail to Borneo with ‘B’ Force on 8 July 1942 to work for the Japanese constructing  an aerodrome near Sandakan.  Read further about Borneo.

His remains were recovered after the war at Kolapis on the Sandakan-Ranau track.  It could not be determined whether Evans escaped from Sandakan and died or he took ill on the march and died 16 June 1945.  Unfortunately there were so few POWs alive by this time; those who did escape had already left.

Cyril’s body was later moved to the Labuan War Cemetery. 

 

Evans Walter

 

Walter Evans enlisted 30 October 1940, joining ‘A’ Coy.

Clifton and Shackleton were in also in ‘A’ Coy and all three lived in the Albany region with a similar English migrant background.  If they had not known each other prior to enlistment they would have become friends.

Neither Evans nor Shackleton returned to WA.  Ken Clifton married Enid Shackleton.

Camp Locations:

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