The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Carroll
First Name:
Frank Vincent
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9551
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'C' Company, No. 10 Platoon
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
Discharged:
21.03.1946
DOB:
26.07.1908
Place of Birth:
York, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Robert Carroll
Mothers's Name:
Maud Carroll (nee Hogg)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Camps Java:
Bandoeng, Tjimahi, Bicycle Camp Batavia
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

When ‘Aquitania’ dropped anchor off Fremantle for one night on 15th January on its way to Singapore, Frank Carroll was one of many men from 2/4th who went AWOL – all desperate to see their families for what could be the last time before they went to the battle front.  Frank was unable to reboard the ship before sailing the next day and was one of about 90 men remaining – he then sailed to Java and became part of ‘Blackforce’.

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After being taken POW when the Japanese invaded Java, he was incarcerated at Bandeong Camp, Tjimahi, Bicycle camp Batavia.

He was recovered from Batavia on 18 September 1945.

Frank was born in York where his parents were farming at Mackie’s Crossing.  He was one of 3 sons and 6 daughters.

In 1931 Frank was living at Mackie’s Crossing, York, farming (with his family).   He  moved to the Gnowangerup region to farm after the war.

In 1936 he was a station hand at Mullan, Marble Bar.

When he enlisted he had been working as an overseer at Warralong, Port Hedland since 1937.

In 1941 he married Veronica Kathleen Head.   After the war the couple are farming in the Gnowangerup area.   Frank and his wife have two children, however tragically their 6 year old daughter Robyn died in December 1953.

Frank died  20 August 1984 at Gnowangerup aged 76 years.

Veronica died in 1999.  Frank, Veronica and Robyn are buried Gnowangerup Cemetery.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Tjimahi, Cimahi- Java ***
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