The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Robert Joseph
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Bellevue, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Alfred Henry Walker
- Mothers's Name:
- Flora Elizabeth Walker (nee Gast)
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Djakarta War Cemetery, Plot 4, Row J, Grave 8, Age 36.
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Bicycle Camp Batavia
- Date of Death:
- Petamboran Cemetery, British Section, Grave No 47
Robert was the youngest in his family with one older brother and 3 sisters.
He married 1927 to Amelia May Ellen Moss. They had one son born in 1928, Robert Joseph Edward Walker and second son Kevin.
Robert Walker was Taken on Strength from Northam to Woodside Camp SA, 5 October 1941.
He was AWL from ‘Aquitania’ after putting down anchor in Gauge Roads off Fremantle. He was also amongst about 90 men who were unable to re-board the ship before it sailed fore Singapore the following day on 16th January 1942.
On 30th January, 88 well-trained machine gunners from 2/4th departed Fremantle in a small convoy for Singapore. The plan was to sail to Java and from here the men were to be transhipped to Singapore. Before they arrived in Java, it had become evident Singapore would fall to Japan. The 2/4th men were then assigned to reinforce the Allied Forces on Java.
On 1st March1942 45,000 Japanese troops landed on Java at four different locations. It was not long before the Allied Forces were also taken POWs and incarcerated in various camps around Java.
Robert was imprisoned at Bicycle Camp where a large number of Australians were being kept. On 5 May 1942, Robert Walker succumbed to dysentery and died aged 36 years.
Funeral service conducted by Padre F. Kellow from the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion.
Height 5′ 7″
WALKER, Private, ROBERT JOSEPH, WX15614, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 5 May 1942. Age 36. Son of Alfred Henry and Flora Elizabeth Walker; husband of Amelia May Ellen Walker, of Bellevue, Western Australia. Grave Ref. 4. J. 8.
JAKARTA WAR CEMETERY, Indonesia
Please note several pieces of information are incorrect – Bob was never sent to Port Moresby. He sailed from Darwin to Sydney with the 2/4th, then on ‘Aquitania’ to Fremantle. He was one of about 100 well-trained machine gunners unable to reboard before their ship sailed for Singapore on 16 January 1942.
- Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***