The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Goulden
First Name:
Robert Stuart
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
NX10420
Classification:
Cook
Company:
Taken on Strength from 2/9th Field Ambulance 2.4.1942
Enlisted:
13.05.1941
DOB:
18.10.1917
Place of Birth:
Lakemba, New South Wales
Father's Name:
Frederick William Goulden
Mothers's Name:
Mary Goulden
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Fencer
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A12, Row B, Grave 11, Age 24.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma Green Force No. 3 battalion
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point.
POW#:
Pre issue of POW Numbers at Victoria Point
Cause of Death:
Japanese firing squad
Place of Death:
Victoria Point Aerodrome Camp, Burma
Date of Death:
12.07.1942
Buried:
Christian Cemetery Victoria Point, Grave No. 30

General Description

Goulden embarked at Sydney on 10.1.1942 as 8/10 reinforcements for the Australian Army Medical Corps and was taken on strength at Singapore on 2 April 1942 with  2/9th Field Ambulance. He was transferred to 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion so that Claude Webber could transfer across to 2/9th Field Ambulance to join his brother George.
Private Goulden was reported missing from Victoria Point Aerodrome Camp, Burma from 1000 hours on 8.7.1942. He escaped from the Camp and days later surrendered to Burmese Police and then to the Japanese.
Witnessed by Major Green of 2/4th Lieutenant Francis G. MacCaffrey, Lieutenant Arthur Henry Watson and another officer, Goulden was executed by Japanese Firing Squad at 1200 hours on 12/7/1942. Robert Stuart Goulden who was married, tragically died without knowing he had a son, Howard Stuart Goulden born 6/3/1942.  His wife, Agnes Virginia Goulden was residing at Lakemba, NSW.
Father Corry conducted his funeral service at Victoria Point.
Further reading for ‘A’ Force and death of Robert Goulden

 

Robert Stuart Goulden
Robert Stuart Goulden

 

Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma
Goulden’s body was exhumed from the Christian Cemetery Victoria Point and re-interred at Thanbuzyat on 8 May 1946.
Pte Robert Goulden and Mrs A. Virginia Goulden
Below:  Robert Goulden with his niece Margaret (Peg) Goulden with whom he was very close.
(Peg Goulden married Lawrence Cook who provided personal information to Murray Ewen, ‘Colour Patch’)

 

Above:  Robert Goulden’s brother holds Howard.

According to relative Lawrence Cook, Robert Goulden always imagined he would have a daughter, he would have been happily surprised when his son Howard Stuart Goulden was born 6 March 1942 at Lakemba, NSW.
Howard Goulden later married and had four children.  He died in a motor bike accident 28 March 1967 aged 25 years.  Apparently Howard’s father Robert also had a love of motor bikes.

The following 4 items are from AWM website:

 

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
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