The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Lawrance Roy
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
Headquarters Company
Place of Birth:
Broken Hill, New South Wales
Father's Name:
Herman Nybo
Mothers's Name:
Ivy Elizabeth Nybo (nee Payne)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row L, Grave 46, Age 22.
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Cause of Death:
Place of Death:
Date of Death:
Grave No. 33, Hindaine

General Description

Roy Nybo enlisted from the Goldfields AIF June 1941,  his mother was residing at Capel at that time.  He became a reinforcement for 2/4th MGB sent by train from Northam to Fremantle, where on 15 January 1942 the reinforcements boarded  ‘Acquitania’ anchored at Gage Roads to sail to Singapore.  On board was  2/4th Battalion and Roy joined Headquarters Coy No. 2 Platoon.
Whilst POWs and at Adam Park, Roy Nybo was found outside the wire by a Jap guard.  Please read details.
Roy Nybo was selected with ‘D’ Force V Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  Read further.
Also read about Hindaine Camp



Following the end of the war, Roy Nybo was laid to rest at Kanachanaburi War Cemetery with about 90 other men of the 2/4th.


The Above notice is fro Fred Delaporte.


Roy’s father Victor (Herman) Nybo (b.1888 Sevel, Ringkobing, Denmark)  and Ivy Elizabeth Payne (b. Capel)  married in 1914.  Ivy’s family were early settlers in WA’s south west. Her father was Alfred William Payne who died 1921 and his wife was Sarah Ann (nee Hough).    Herman’s father was Norwegian and his mother German, however they appear to have resided in Denmark.  It is not known when Herman Nybo arrived in Australia.


The Nybo’s had twin boys in 1914 WA, Paul (William) and  Christian Herman (known as Chris) followed by another son  Herbert Edward (known as Teddy) then moved interstate (probably for work) to Broken Hill, NSW.   They had daughter Helena Edith born in 1919 and youngest son Roy who was born in 1921 (and not 1919 as Roy recorded on his enlistment).
The family returned to WA and in 1924 Roy’s father Herman died as the age of 36.  He was buried at Guildford Cemetery.  Ivy was widowed with a young family between the ages of 3 years to 10 years of age, including 4 sons.

Below:  Roy’s father died 1924 at Guildford.

His maternal grandfather died in 1921.


Below: In 1935, 19 year old Teddy Nybo dies from a rather ‘silly’ accident which left him with tetnus which proved fatal.

Roy’s brother Paul ‘William’ Nybo enlisted with 2/2 Pioneer Battalion and became a POW of Japan.  He was returned to WA 9 October 1945 on ‘Tamaroa’.  Paul William was twin to Christian Herman b. 1914.
Below:  Paul William Nybo joined Ex-POWs Kalgoorlie Assoc. as did Harold Cowie of 2/4th.

Below:  Paul Nybo’s POW information


Below:  Roy’s grandmother – with an overview of the family history.




The Divorce of Roy’s brother Christian Herman (twin to Paul William)


Camp Locations:

  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand