The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dunnell
First Name:
Norman Lenard
Nick Name:
Bob
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17595
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
10.11.1941
Discharged:
29.03.1946
DOB:
11.04.1921
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harry Cyril Dunnell
Mothers's Name:
Ruby Beatrice Dunnell
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Carpenter and Apprentice Baker
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; River Valley Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Camp
Force:
'D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Kuii
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
POW#:
3/7638
Japan:
Aramis Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki‐Okinawa, USS Haven; Okinawa-Manila by aircraft; Manila-Morotai-Darwin PBY Catalina aircraft A24-359; Darwin-Perth by aircraft

General Description

Bob was one many  Reinforcements  who had travelled by train from Northam Training Camp to join the 2/4th Battalion on the 15th January 1942 when the Aquatania  dropped anchor in Gage Roads.  He had undergone about 2 months training!   In another month, Bob aged  21 years would be facing the invading Japanese Army.  No doubt Bob was one of the very lucky reinforcements to survive the battle.

'Bob' Dunnell
‘Bob’ Dunnell.

 

Hulland, Turrell, Colevas, Holding, Dunnell & Worth
Hulland, Turrell, Colevas, Holding, Dunnell & Worth

 

Bob died 20 June 2013 aged 92 years.  During his last few years, and following the death of his wife, whom he had nursed during her illness,  Bob regularly attended monthly 2/4th Committee Meetings at Anzac House.   His happy face and disposition was always a welcome sight and we were very much saddened by his sudden death.  His presence was greatly missed.

Bob was selected in Singapore to work on the Thai-Burma Railway  with ‘D’ Force V Battalion.  They left Singapore by train 17 March 1943.  This Battalion was to endure one of highest death rates of all Australian work parties on the Railway.

Read further about D Force, V Battalion

A Notice of good news!

Dunnell Bob

 

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
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