The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Langdon
First Name:
Ronald Guy
Nick Name:
Ron
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9293
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
5.02.1911
Place of Birth:
Boulder, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alfred John Langdon
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Ellen Bell
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Memorial:
Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 15, Row C, Grave 10, Age 32.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi and Sime Road Camp. Following Thailand returned to Sime Road Camp.
Force:
'H' Force Thailand Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II , Malayan Hamlet (evacuated to Kanchanaburi with cholera and beri‐beri)
POW#:
1/8329
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri‐Beri
Place of Death:
Sime Road Camp
Date of Death:
2.01.1944
Buried:
Diagonally opposite golfhouse, Grave No. 10.

General Description

Ronald was the youngest  of three children born to Alfred and Agnes Langdon.  He has a brother Jack and a sister Jean.  The family lived in Boulder for many years before moving to Bruce Rock farming at Erikin, “Creswick Farm”.

Ronald Langdon married in 1933 at Bruce Rock to Alice Norman Pimlott and continued farming at ‘Creswick’, Erikin, Bruce Rock. The Langdon’s had two children.

In 1947 Alice Langdon remarried.

In 1954 Ron and Alice’s  son Maurice Frank Langdon died in a car accident, Cottesloe.  Maurice was 18 years of age.  It is believed Alice and family had moved from Bruce Rock to live in Perth. Amongst the death notices was one from Claremont Metro Junior Football Club and the Swanbourne Methodist Sunday School with where Maurice was associated.

Also from the Shackleton area was Norm Venemore WX9292 of the 2/4th who perished in the South China Sea September 1945 when the Rakuyo Maru was sunk by Allies.  Both Venemore and Langdon enlisted on the same day and became drivers with ‘D’ Company.   He was 28 years old.

The Venemore and Langdon families lived and farmed in the north Shackleton area known are Erikin.  The names of the two young men were honoured during a service April 1947.

 Shackleton War Dead April 1947 8

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Langdon was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group 3.  Please read further.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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