The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Thorley
First Name:
Ivor Edwin
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX9562
Classification:
Fitter
Company:
Attached 2/4th, 88 Light Aid Detachment
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
DOB:
7.07.1901
Place of Birth:
Ballarat, Victoria
Father's Name:
Edwin Donald Thorley
Mothers's Name:
Blodwyn Thorley (nee Price)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Fitter
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 28, Age 43.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
351
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:
4.03.1945

General Description

Embarked on HMT Zealander at Fremantle on 30.5.1941 with 86 Light Aid Detachment attached to 2/6th Field Park Company. Taken on Strength with 88 Light Aid Detachment and attached to 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion on Singapore. The actual date this occurred is not known.

Ivor was selected in Singapore with ‘B’ Force to travel to Borneo to what would be during the last 12-18 months, a life of pure hell for the POWs.  It was a desperate fight to live.  Ivor succumbed to malaria in March 1945, aged 43 years.

Ivor was from Maylands.

He married Leonie Mavis Hewitt in Perth about 1924.

The couple had 4 sons.

Ivor trained as a motor mechanic as had his father and a brother.  In 1931 Ivor was residing in Bridgetown as were his parents working as a motor mechanic.

 

Height 5′ 6″

 

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Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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