The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Skinner
First Name:
Francis Kenneth Herbert
Nick Name:
Ken
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted on 11.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX9282
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
10.11.1903
Place of Birth:
Melbourne, Victoria
Father's Name:
Francis Edward Skinner
Mothers's Name:
Alice Marie Skinner
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Accountant
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memroial, Panel 18, Age 40.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
2677
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 36
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea
Place of Death:
South China Sea
Date of Death:
12.09.1944

General Description

Ken Skinner WX9282
Ken Skinner WX9282

 

SKINNER, Sergeant, FRANCIS KENNETH HERBERT, WX9282, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 September 1944. Age 40. Son of Francis Edward and Alice Mary Skinner, of Koorda, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Skinner
Skinner

 

Ken Skinner was one of several young men from Koorda and nearby areas who enlisted with 2/4th.  Others included Basil Clarke, Ovens, Cyril Fogarty.

Ken’s father died in 1941 at Northam Hospital following a motor vehicle accident, aged 70 years.  Ken was the only child of Frank and Alice Skinner.  The Skinner family were great contributors to the community of Koorda – Ken and his mother were often mentioned in the local town news.  Ken was involved Young Batchelors, Koorda Centennial Hospital their local agricultural show.

Skinner, Ken – Dowerin 1928

 

 

Skinner Ken

 

Read further of how small the population of WA was at that time. 

 

Above from Dowerin Guardian and Amery Line Advocate Wyalkatchem WA Saturday 4 November 1944

 

Ken Skinner – Northam to Bassendean March by 2/4th in March 1941. Newspaper describes Skinner as having torn his sleeves off his shirt to keep cool!

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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