Wesley Colllege, South Perth – 2/4th Soldiers who were former students who lost their lives WW2

The following former Wesley College students were soldiers with 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, AIF, WW2 and lost their lives during the battle for Singapore in February 1942 or were Prisoners of War between February 1942 to August 1945 who died:


WX239 John Roughton ABERLE            

Corporal KIA 12 February 1942 aged 21 years.



WX7504 Desmond ‘Bruce’ CHAPMAN      

Staff Sergeant, taken POW Singapore. Shipped Singapore to north -west Burma with ‘A’ Force. Died Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp with tropical ulcer, malaria and dysentery 11 September 1943 aged 27 years. Working on Burma-Thai Railway.

WX8389 Henry Francis DE MOULIN        

Lieutenant KIA 11 February 1942 aged 21 years.



WX10994 Norman Allen GIBSON  

Private wounded in action with shrapnel to back, became POW Singapore. Shipped from Singapore to Sandakan with ‘B’ Force Borneo. Died Sandakan-Ranu Track, 26 June 1945. Aged 25 years.


WX7998 Philip ‘Arthur’ GIESE               

Corporal, wounded in action with shrapnel to right leg, became POW Singapore. Sent by train from Singapore to Thailand with ‘D’ Force V Battalion. Died dysentery Brankassi Camp, Thailand September 1943 – working on Burma-Thai Railway aged 25 years.

WX7645 William James NICHOLLS       

Private. Shipped from Fremantle to Java 1942 ‘Blackforce’. Died bacillary dysentery Bicycle Camp Hospital, Batavia on 13 October 1942 having become sick on 30 September 1942. Aged 32 years.