The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Smith
First Name:
Clifford Vaughan
Nick Name:
Vaughan
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX14644
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
25.06.1941
DOB:
13.02.1905
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Clifford John Smith
Mothers's Name:
Annie Vaughan Smith
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Road Contractor and Truck Driver
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot A14, Row C, Grave 15, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘F’ Force, Thailand
POW#:
4/4587
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri-Beri
Place of Death:
Kami Sonkurai
Date of Death:
22.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 283, Kami Sonkurai

General Description

C V Smith WX14644
C V Smith WX14644

 

 

Clifford (Vaughan) married Gladys May Alexander in 1928. (She died October 1983 and was buried at East Rockingham Cemetery).  Vaughan was farming at Mollerin, via Koorda from 1928, 1931, 1934, 1936 and 1937 Electoral Rolls.  Prior to  1943 Gladys and  Vaughan spent some time at Mosman Park before moving to East Rockingham. Cliff was a truck driver and road contractor.
Whist farming at Mollerin, Vaughan was much involved with the local community.  He played football.

 

It was while they were living in Mosman Park their son ‘Lexie’ was injured as a pedestrian.  Tragically 9 year old Alexander died.

 

 

He enlisted 25 June 1941 and joined Battalion HQ, promoted to Provost Sergeant on 24 Jan 1942 under Battalion Commanding Officer Lt-Col Anketell.

 

Cliff’s parents Clifford John Smith and Annie Vaughan Roberts married in 1901 in Perth.  Cliff was the eldest of three sons.  Tragically Cliff’s mother Annie died about 1909, possibly after the birth of her youngest son Roy Smith.  The family were at the time residing at Greenbushes.  Cliff Smith (Snr) later remarried.

 

Below:  Cliff’s father Cliff (Snr) died

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read about ‘F’ Force

Cliff’s name is included on the Rockingham WW2 Honour Roll and of course Ballarat POW Memorial.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
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