The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Burgess
First Name:
Alfred John
Nick Name:
Alf or Pluto
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX15756
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
13.08.1941
Discharged:
12.03.1946
DOB:
27.12.1919
Place of Birth:
Maylands, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Burgess
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Burgess
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Reported missing from Ulu Pandan 12.2.1942, From Sumatra sailed on Harukiku Maru Maru, SS Van Waerwjick Party (rescued), Changi Gaol Camp from 28.6.1944
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Melboume, lst Netherlands Military Hospital Ship Oranje, Melbourne-Perth by troop train

General Description

Burgess enlisted AIF 13 Aug 1941, later joined 2/4th MGB as a reinforcement on ‘Aquitania’.  He was originally assigned to Special Reserve Battalion, however was transferred to Battalion HQ.  He was reported missing from Ulu Pandan fiughting on 12 Feb 1942.

He escaped to Sumatra and was imprisoned at Pandan Gloe Gloer Camp at Medan.

 

Read about the Harukiki Maru sinking

 

In July 1985 and Oct 1991 Borehole Bulletin, news recorded Alf was at Nazareth House, Hilton and would appreciate visitors.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
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