The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Ross
First Name:
Douglas Godfrey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10066
Classification:
Signaller
Company:
Headquarters Company, No 1 Platoon Signals
Enlisted:
13.12.1940
Discharged:
7.02.1946
DOB:
16.11.1920
Place of Birth:
Narrogin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Robert Douglas Ross
Mothers's Name:
Mildred Annie Ross (nee Booth)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Carpenter
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi, Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome, X1 Party, P Party, Changi Gaol Camp.
POW#:
4/6561
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Sydney, 1st Netherlands Military Hospital Ship Oranje, Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train.

General Description

Ross enlisted AIF 13 Dec 1940 and later joined 2/4th HQ Company No 1 Company as a signaller under commanding officer Lt Curnow.  Curnow was KIA Hill 200 Ulu Padan 12 Feb 1942 aged 24 years.  It is quite likely Douglas Ross was fighting at Hill 200.

Please read about Hill 200, Ulu Padan

As a POW he remained in Singapore throughout the war.  He was at the following camps:
Selarang Changi,  Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi, Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome, XI Party, P Party and was recovered at the end of the war from Changi Gaol Camp.

Please read about X Party

and X Parties

And P Party

 

Doug Ross settled down after his court appearance – please read his headstone.

 

 

His parents Robert Douglas Ross and Mildred Annie Booth married 1920 at Northam.

 

When Doug was born, his father was a staff member of the Narrogin Post Office. Doug was their only son.
Doug’s mother died 10 July 1989 and we believe his father Robert Douglas Ross died 1961 Kewdale.

 

 

The break down of his parent’s marriage would have proved very difficult for Doug, and probably added to his inability to settle once back in Perth – he would not have been aware of proceedings while away as a POW and now had to face the sad outcome.
After the war Doug aged 36 years, married 1956 to Phyllis May Bennetts. Phyllis had been a Corporal with the AWAS Australian Womens Army Service.  The couple thereafter happily resided in Albany.

 

The couple resided in Albany, Doug first turning his hand to carpentry and then building.
Doug died 29 June 2008 and Phyllis died 7 March 1991.  They were both cremated at Allambie Park Cemetery, Albany.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Changi Aerodrome - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • P Party, Johore Bahru - Singapore
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