The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
- Father's Name:
- James Whitaker
- Mothers's Name:
- Sarah Jane Whitaker (nee Lacey)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 76, Age 36.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
- 1/9704 & 2298
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Linson Camp Cemetery, Grave No. 15
Above: Fred Whitaker
Fred enlisted with AIF 29 August 1941. He was one of reinforcements selected to join 2/4th then training at Woodside, SA on 5 October 1941.
He joined HQ Company, No. 3 Platoon with 16 other reinforcements. Fred survived the battle to save Singapore which resulted in a large number of 2/4th deaths and injuries. He was taken POW of Japan and interned at Selarang.
He joined Japanese work parties a Johore Bahru and Adam Park, before returning to Selarang.
Fred was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion which departed Singapore Railway station for Thailand on 17 March 1943.
Fred arrived in Fremantle from London on ‘Armadale’ on 11 Dec 1913 with his mother, brother James and sister Mary. Once settled in WA, a further two children were added to the Whitaker family, John in 1920 and Pearl in 1924.
Fred’s mother was principal at Koobeeyla School 1931 to mid 1933.
In 1934 Fred married Annie Elizabeth Dunne at Katanning.
In the same year his father James Whitaker died.
Fred and Annie had four children, Gwen, Hugh, Rex and Fred.
Below: No. 11 Fred Whitaker.
Below: Christmas cards Fred sent home to Annie and his son Hugh.
Photograph taken January 2018 Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
Fred collected signatures of those around him – the first all 2/4th.
While Fred was away, Annie Whitaker was often mentioned for her efforts with Red Cross.
In 1946, Annie’s brother Fred died.
Below: Annie’s sister died 1947
Below: Annie’s mother Mary died 1949.
Poetic word of love from Fred for his wife
Copies of the above personal documents have been generously shared by Steve Whitaker, grandson of Fred. They provide a personal insight into marriage of Fred and Annie. Fred obviously adores Annie and he believed he would return home.
It is our hope future generations of Fred’s children and grandchildren will have the privilege to read this history.
(Any mistakes in the interpretation of Annie’s poem have been made by C. Mellor, 2/4th Historian. Please notify us so we may rectify.)
Below: Annie Whitaker.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand