The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Anderson
First Name:
Ronald George
Nick Name:
Ron
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9289
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
9.01.1946
DOB:
27.12.1918
Place of Birth:
Narrogin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Edwin Anderson
Mothers's Name:
Irene Anderson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Not known.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion.
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Linson Wood Camp, Pratchinburi, Nakom Nayok
POW#:
1535
Return Details 1945:
Not Known

General Description

2nd4th MGB Football team 1941

Back L - R C. Anderson, P.Byrne, C.McLennan, E.Ricketts,V.Warhurst Front L-R F.Halbert, G.Burdon, K.McDonald, W.McKay, R.Hadfiled
Back L – R G. Anderson, P.Byrne, C.McLennan, E.Ricketts, V.Warhurst
Front L-R F.Halbert, G.Burdon, K.McDonald, W.McKay, R.Hadfiled
Back: L-R Clarrie McDonald, Joe Pearce, George Neville, R. Anderson, ?, Ralph Williams, ? Front: L-R Clive (Potty) White, Charles Fielder, Jim Basel, Reg Stewart, Roy Matthews, Pommie Para, Sid Webb, N. Simmonds
Nakom Nayok   Back: L-R Clarrie McDonald, Joe Pearce, George Neville, R. Anderson, ?, Ralph Williams, ?
Front: L-R Clive (Potty) White, Charles Fielder, Jim Basell, Reg Stewart, Roy Matthews, Pommie Para, Sid Webb, N. Simmonds

 

From ‘Joe Pearce Beyond Hellfire and Back’ by Shirley Howell’ – The Vickers guns went off and I remember one of our boys, old Franz Brackleman, an Aussie German from Kalgoorlie – a bullet went straight through his tin hat, creased his skull, and he tipped over. As he went down he shook hands with his mate Fred Tregenza from Quarading saying, “So long Fred, old Bracks has had it” and down he went.  Everybody thought he was dead.  He lay there for about 5 minutes with everybody standing around saying what a shame he was a goner.

Suddenly Bracks jumped up and said “Bugger if old Bracks is a goner!”

He was mad as hell, and wanted to kill all the Japs who were piling up against the barbed wire entanglement.  Jumping over the coiled barbed wire he went for them.  They reckon he took out about half a dozen of them in that short space of time.

He was a very lucky man to survive his outburst, but admired for his guts.  I’m not sure how, but he was left with a limp from the head wound and survived the war!’

There were several boys from Quairading involved in the above skirmish.  Fred Tregenza, Lin MacDonald and Bracks were on the same gun.  Big Ron Anderson was also in the vehicle. They attempted to get through but were ambushed.  With the road behind them blocked having been taken by the Japanese, there was nowhere to go.

Their vehicle was hit by Japanese fire, smashing the windscreen. The vehicle veered into the ditch and the men bailed out taking to the jungle and keeping low as possible.  Ron managed to get to a drain thinking his two mates were behind him.  But they weren’t. Lin MacDonald and Fred Tregenza were never seen nor heard of again.

Ron was on his own and cut off from everybody.  All the wood was knocked off his rifle and he was left with just the barrel.

Somehow Ron found his way back to the troops and issued with a new rifle.  The one he was holding was red hot and burning his hands!

 

Ronald passed away aged 85yrs, February 5 2003, at Quairading, WA.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Pratchinburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
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