The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Webb
First Name:
Frederick William
Nick Name:
Spider
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9829
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
6.12.1940
DOB:
18.11.1921
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Webb
Mothers's Name:
Doris Webb
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Hairdresser
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 22.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transit C amp
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan,
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe 75km, Augganaung.
POW#:
2917
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea
Place of Death:
South China Sea
Date of Death:
12.09.1944

General Description

Height 5′ 10″

 

Webb F

 

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

 

 

Above:  was included newspaper October 1943

 

WEBB, Private, FREDERICK WILLIAM, WX9829, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 September 1944. Age 22. Son of Thomas and Doris Webb, of Claremont, Western Australia. Panel 19.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

WEBB F

Webb

Webb part 2 West Australian (Perth, WA _ 1879 - 1954), Thursday 12 September 1946, page 1

 

This poem was passed onto a Committee Member of 2/4th by Spider’s brother and printed in July 1990 Borehole Bulletin.

 

Spider was selected to work on Burma end of Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3.  Please read further.

This Force sailed from Singapore 14 May 1942 for the south wear coast of Burma.  1,000 POWs under leadership of Major Charles Green of 2/4th disembarked at Victoria Point on  21 May 1942, where most of the men were engaged in repairing and enlarging the  aerodrome, a smaller party remained at Victoria Point wharves unloading and loading supplies for Japanese, mostly fuel. They joined the larger group and together the group eventually made their way to the northern most end what was to be  Burma-Thai Railway.  The commenced work at Thetkaw 3.8km 1 October 1942 – the first group working on the Burma end.

By the end of December 1943, the railway was completed and the Japanese commenced moving all POWs south to Thailand to one of 4 or 5 large camps – many POWs were hospitalised for months, Spider remained well (at least he is not recorded being sick in Burma) and was at Tamarkan.  After several months with more food and rest he was considered fit to work in Japan and was selected with what would be known as ‘Rakuyo Maru’ party.  The were entrained for French Indo China via Bangkok and arrived at Saigon and immediately began working on the wharves waiting for a ship to take them to Japan,

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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