The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Andrew Donald
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company. No 15 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Albany, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- John Andrew Moir (known as Jack)
- Mothers's Name:
- Gladys Emma Moir
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 30, Row B, Grave 20, Age 22.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- West coast of Singapore
- Date of Death:
Andrew Donald Moir is believed to have been killed on the night of 8.2.1942 by mortar fire. He was last seen with his vehicle. He had earlier driven Lt. Meiklejohn, Sgt Solly, Pte. Fraser and Pte. Reid to Corp.Tregenza’s Section. (None of these men survived except Pte. Fraser).
Moir’s body was located and identified on 11.12.1946
Collyer Moir, Andrew’s father John Moir (Jack) and Lloyd’s mother Evangelene (Eva) Moir are siblings, i.e. brothers and sister making Andrew & Lloyd cousins and Collyer, their uncle. In December 1942 Uncle Collyer and his wife who did not have children of their own, died in an accident. Sadly, Andrew, Lloyd and George Moir were in Darwin and would not have been able to attend the funeral.
Andrew, his cousins Lloyd and George (brothers) enlisted together acquiring WX numbers 9337, 9338 and 9339.
Lloyd was the 5th child and 3rd son and brother George was 6th child and 4th son of Clem & Eva Moir. Lloyd and George grew up on their parents’ farms ‘Teana’ and later ‘Glenelg’. They attended school at Salt River. The boys worked on the family farm as well as other properties around Borden area prior to enlisting.
The two brothers and Andrew Donald Moir, joined 2/4th as Drivers. Andrew with ‘D’ Coy and Lloyd and George in ‘C’ Company.
Lloyd and George managed to remain together much of the first few years as POWs, both selected for ‘D’ Force Thailand and S Battalion, however were separated from time to time. George was selected for Japan boarding Rashin Maru which departed Singapore 4 July 1944. He was working at the Yamane copper mine, Niihama when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Lloyd was returned to Singapore from Pratchai Camp, Thailand at the end of war.
After the war Lloyd and George returned to farming together for two years at ‘Millenup’ Porongerups.
George then took up a new farm block ‘Mutyal’ at Borden for a time, then sold out moving to Perth to live and employed with local Shire ‘council.
The great tragedy being Andrew Moir was KIA on 8 February 1945 and did not return home.
Western Mail September 1930.