The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Arthur Ernest
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
'C' Company Headquarters
Place of Birth:
Narrogin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Bertram Floyed
Mothers's Name:
Ada Clara Floyed (nee Edison)
Pre-war Occupation:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 26.
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
'E' Force Borneo
4/6128 & 1709
Cause of Death:
Place of Death:
Sandakan No1 Camp
Date of Death:

General Description

Prior to enlisting with the AIF Arthur had been with the 25th Light Horse Regiment.
Floyed enlisted AIF 9 May 1941 – as a reinforcement joining ‘C’ Company HQ under Commanding Officer Capt Colin Cameron (Floyed would known Colin Cameron from Light Horse) The reinforcements joined 2/4th after boarding ‘Aquitania’ 15 Jan 1942.
Arthur left Singapore with ‘E’ Force Borneo on 2 Mar 1943, 8 months after ‘B’ Force Borneo.


WA. Paybook photograph, taken on enlistment, of WX12663 Private Arthur Ernest Floyed, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW’s who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW’s were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Floyed, aged 26, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 12 March 1945. He was the son of John Bertram and Ada Clara Floyed, of Narrogin, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)
Please read about ‘E’ Force Borneo.

Below:  Floyed family receive news of Artie in 1943.



FLOYED, Private, ARTHUR ERNEST, WX12663, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 12 March 1945. Age 26. Son of John Bertram and Ada Clara Floyed, of Narrogin, Western Australia. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.


Artie was good mates with George Chatfield, Mick Hummerston and Stew Baxter.

Floyed Arthur Ernest

Above notice by WX12488 Clay, WX9146 Lush and WX17879 Wade from 2/4th.







Above. John Bertram Floyed married Ada Clara Caroline Edeson in 1908.   Ada was a widow whose first husband died in 1906. The couple had been married 12 months and had one daughter.



Ada Floyed died 1967 at Narrogin aged 76 years and John Floyed died 1962 at Williams aged 86 years.





Camp Locations:

  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
  • Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak