The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Lindsay Campbell
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No 2 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Manjimup, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Charles Hill Gray
- Mothers's Name:
- Edith Anne Gray
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver
- Kranji War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 16, Age 22
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan
- Date of Death:
- Where killed at map reference 763132 by Major A. Cough Party on 21/12/1942
Lindsay Gray enlisted AIF 19 Aug 1941 and joined 2/4th Headquarters Coy No. 2 Platoon at Woodside Training Camp, SA. He then travelled to Darwin with the 2/4th prior to departing at the end of the year to head to Singapore where they arrived 24 Jan 1942.
During the fighting to save Singapore Lindsay was KIA at Reformatory Road, Ulu Pandan aged 22 years. Please read further.
It was not until 21 Dec 1942 the Japanese finally gave permission to Alf Cough to take a search party to record and bury 2/4th dead. It was evident the Japanese had buried their dead amongst their enemy (Allied dead) soon after the battle. It distressed the Australians that the Japanese could leave Allied troops in the open when they could have easily placed the bodies in some of the slip trenches and covered them over. As it was the dead were left to the elements and wild animals, and only a few were recognisable and buried. Lindsay’s body was one of these. He was buried where he was killed at M/R 763132.
Lindsay’s father Charles Hill Campbell Gray married his mother Edith Anne Stirk in Kalamunda in 1913. Lindsay had two older brothers and one older sister and another younger. The four older children were born in Manjimup and Bena, the youngest daughter was born in Greeenbushes.
He succeeds in applying for land in 1919.
Below: Charles Gray offers his property for sale.
Above: Lindsay’s grandmother outlives him.