The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Murray Colville
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon. Attached to 2/4th, Australian Army Postal Corps
- Place of Birth:
- Cottesloe, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Charles Campbell Cheyne
- Mothers's Name:
- Ina Millicent Cheyne
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Clerk & Regular Soldier
- Selarang Camp Changi, Changi Gaol Camp, (attached to Changi Adminisration 28.1.1945), Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome.
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 36 (removed from draft at Singapore)
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.
Changi February to May 1942
Victoria Point 2/5/1942 – Jul 1942
Tavoy (split up) Jul 1942 – 19/10/1942
First R/W Camp 14km, Thetkaw 25/10/1942 – 17/3/1944
Meiloe 75km, Tamakan 30-3/1944 – 27/6/1944 Saigon. Went to Phnom Penh by cattle truck. Worked at Saigon Docks Camp and aerodrome at Hanoi.
Returned to Singapore due to US submarine action. Soldier contracted pneumonia so didn’t go to Japan (removed from draft for Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No.36). Read further
River Valley Road 12/1/1945 (evacuated pneumonia and malaria)
Transferred to Changi Admin 28/1/1945.
Worked in Changi Aerodrome. Was billeted outside Changi Gaol due to overcrowding.
John Cheyne was discharged 12th December 1945.
Murray’s parents Charles Campbell Cheyne and Ina Millicent Tulloh married 1910 in Perth. Both Cheyne and Tulloh were born in Victoria.
Murray had an older brother b. 1916 named after their father – Charles Campbell Cheyne (also enlisted WX31719). Murray also had at least three sisters including Marjorie b. 1918 and Beatrix b. 1917. Nancy was born in 1920.
In 1925 Murray’s father Charles Campbell Cheyne died aged 53 years. He was buried Karrakatta. Murray would have been about 6 years of age.
Below: Murray’s brother Charles married 1945.
After returning from war, and In 1946 Murray Cheyne married 1946 to Dorothy Olivier in Perth.
In 1949 Electoral Roll, Murray and Dorothy resided Merriwa Street, Nedlands and in 1954 they were at Nardina Street, Cottesloe.
In 1956 Murray’s mother Ina Cheyne died aged 76 years. He was buried Karrakatta. It is believed Murray’s sisters Beatrix and Marjorie then resided in the Saladin Street home.
In about 1964 Murray remarried to Beverley Colville Girling. It is believed the couple did not have a family.
Initially Murray worked for a hardware business selling tools, as a travelling salesman.
Later he bought a Newsagency at Highgate.
He died aged 76 years at the end of 1995 at Rockingham.
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore