The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Roberts
First Name:
William Charles
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9358
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
20.10.1907
Place of Birth:
Ravensthorpe, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Hugh Roberts
Mothers's Name:
Mary Lee Roberts
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Memorial:
Thanhyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A5, Row C, Grave 5, Age 35.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1477
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Failure following Bacillary Dysentery
Place of Death:
Khonkan 55km Camp Burma
Date of Death:
16.08.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 60, Khonkan

General Description

William  Roberts was one of three children born to Hugh and Mary Roberts.  When William enlisted, his home address was ‘Mt. Madden’ Williams.

On 17th February 1940 William Roberts announced his engagement to Frances Temple Leonard.  It seems the couple did not marry prior to William sailing from Fremantlle for Singapore in January 1941.

William’s fiancee did not marry,  Frances furthered her nursing training travelling to England in 1949.  Returning to WA she was matron at several hospitals including Mt Barker and Albany.  In 1958 Frances was a nurse at Thursday Island. She moved to Canberra  and died in 1976 whilst in Victoria.

 

 

Back Row L-R: W Roberets WX9358 died 16/8/1943 Khonkan 55km Camp, Burma, Unknown, Unknown. Front L-R: A Brooker KIA. W. Breed, John Waddell, 12th Platoon,
Back Row L-R: W Roberts WX9358 died 16/8/1943 Khonkan 55km Camp, Burma, Unknown, Unknown.
Front L-R: A Brooker KIA. W. Breed, John Waddell, 12th Platoon,

 

Soldier had been evacuated from Aungganaung 105km Camp on 1.6.1943 to Khonkan 55km Camp where he died on 16th August 1943.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
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