The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Maconachie
First Name:
Roy David
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9801
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.12.1940
DOB:
31.05.1920
Place of Birth:
Dundee, Scotland
Father's Name:
David Hugh Maconachie
Mothers's Name:
Flora McLeod Maconachie
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 25.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘B’ Force Borneo
POW#:
1067
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track
Date of Death:
5.06.1945

General Description

Roy was selected with ‘B’ Force to sail to Borneo to work for the Japanese to construct an aerodrome at Sandakan.  Read further about Borneo.

 

WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX9801 Private Roy David Maconachie, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POWs that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Private Maconachie, aged 25, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 3 June 1945. He was the son of David High Maconachie and Flora McLeod Maconachie, of Bassendean, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)

 

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Maconachie

 

Roy was from Bassendean.

Camp Locations:

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