The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lee
First Name:
Leslie Wallace
Nick Name:
Big Les
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX15744
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1941
Discharged:
20.02.1946
DOB:
7.08.1916
Place of Birth:
No Man's Lake (Via Narrogin), Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Joseph Lee
Mothers's Name:
Emily Ceila Lee (nee Wallace)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion - transferred Singapore to Java Party 5A to Burma
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi, Tarsau (evacuated sick on 1.9.1943)
Camps Burma:
Alepauk, Apalon, Apalaine 80km, Aunggaung
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
1602, 2/17232, 6654
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Lee was one of about 100 men from 2/4th who was AWOL at Fremantle from ‘Aquitania’ when it sailed for Singapore on 16 January 1942. (Large number of 2/4th managed to get back to the ship before it sailed – many lost their stripes and/or were fined).  Please read further
Lee was captured at Garoet on 9/3/1942 becoming POW of Japanese.
He departed Java  with Java Party No. 4 to Singapore –  ‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion    He remained behind in Singapore because he was ill when his Party departed, he then joined Java Party 5a, Robertson Force.  This party was sent to the Burma end of the Railway.

He became one of four 2/4th men in this party.

 

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Lee was the second youngest in a family of 9 children of whom 5 were boys to William Joseph Lee and Emily Celia Wallace who married 1900 in Victoria. The children were born between 1901 and 1918. The family arriving from Victoria to Nomans Lake about 1904.  Les was born 1916 at No Mans Lake – which later adopted a slightly variance in spelling becoming Nomans Lake.

 

 

Nomans Lake was successful in having a school erected in 1914.  The town also boasted a railway siding.

 

Below:  His Grandmother died in 1937.

 

Les played football.

 

His father William Joseph died in 1946 not long after Les returned.

 

Returning home after the war, Les married about 1950 to Alice Eileen Halyburton.  In the 1954,1958 Electoral Roll they were residing Yilliminning, farming.  In 1968 Electoral Roll they are residing Felspar St, Narrogin however Les is still farming. In 1970 they are back in Narrogin.   In 1972 they are farming at Cuballing. In 1977 they are residing Narrogin and it appears Les is no longer farming.

Leslie Lee died Williams 21 May 1979 aged 62 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Alepauk, Rabao, 18 Kilo - Burma
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Garoet - Java
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