The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Frederick William
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Subiaco, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- James Webb
- Mothers's Name:
- Doris Webb
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 19, Age 22.
- Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transit C amp
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe 75km, Augganaung.
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37
- Cause of Death:
- Lost at Sea
- Place of Death:
- South China Sea
- Date of Death:
Height 5′ 10″
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.
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,
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore