The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Ronald Ruben
Regimental #:
'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 2 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Adelaide, South Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Dundee Lymn
Mothers's Name:
Rosetta Robins Lymn (nee Theeuff)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
'J' Force Japan
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa-Denki), Nagoya, Toyama
4/6352, 691
Wales Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama-Okinawa-Manila by aircarft, Manila-Sydney-B24 Liberator aircraft A72-l46, Sydney-Melboume by troop train, Melbourne-Perth by ANA airliner.

General Description

Ron Lymn was the third son of Thomas Dundee Lymn and Rosetta Robins Theeuff who marriued in 1906 Broken Hill, NSW.  His mother was born in SA and died in 1957 in Perth aged 71 years.


In about 1939 Lymn married Ena Kathleen Bullen.


Ronald was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Read about Showa-Denki Factory, Kobe.

He was recovered from Nagoya No. 7 Camp.

Also read about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales’ Maru


Ron enlisted 30 October 1941 and TOS 30 December 1941 with 2/4th Reinforcements.
He was a POW at following Singapore Camps:
17.2.42 – 29.3.42 . Changi – Selarang
29.3.42 –  20.5.42 Jahore Bahru
20.5.42 – 30.12.42 Adam Park
30.12.42 – 15.5.43 Changi
Selected with ‘J’ Force Japan he was at the following camps:
15.5.43 – 7.6.43 Kobe
7.6.43 – 15.2.45 Showa Denke Carbon Factory and Docks.  Left Kobe House 15.2.45 work party under Goddard.
29.5.45 – 2.9.45  Recovered from Toyama.  Japanese took him to Nagoya and handed over to USMC.

Nag #9 Main Home Camp List

Source: NARA, RG 331, Box 942; prepared and certified by Roger Mansell, Director, Center For Research, Allied POWS Under The Japanese. All of these men came from the Osaka area. All arrived on 21 May 1945. Most likely prior camp was Narumi.

Name, Ser, Rank, ASN, Unit, POW #, Prior POW #

Anderson, Mervyn William,AIF,Pte,NX47308,2 of 30th,2766,8850
Brown, Arthur Douglas,AIF,CPL,QX15300,2 of 26th Tng Coy,2762,8921

Brown, George Andrew,AIF,Pte,VX56222,2 of 29th,2767,8924
Draper, Arthur Montague,AIF,CPL,WX7777,2 of 4th Machine Gun,2763,9035

Dunn, William Thomas,AIF,Pte,VX2192,2 of 29th,2768,9038
Edwards, Stanley Joseph,AIF,Pte,QX21386,2 of 26th Bn,2769,9046
Giles, Frank William,AIF,Pte,VX63776,2 of 29th,2770,9093
Giles, Thomas James,AIF,Pte,VX62211,2 of 29th,2771,9094
Grey, John Ernest,AIF,Pte,NX48199,8th Sig Corps,2772,9103
Harris, Norman Joseph,AIF,SGT,WX4985,2 of 4th Machine Gun,2761,9122

Jones, Alfred James,AIF,Pte,WX7510,2 of 4th Machine Gun,2773,9179

Lucas, Robert George,AIF,Pte,QX17202,1 Coy AASC,2774,9226
Lutz, Edward Herman,AIF,LCPL,NX26919,2 of 30th,2765,9227
Lymn, Ronald Ruben,AIF,Pte,WX17515,unk,2775,9228
McClymont, William James,AIF,CPL,NX49231,Aust Pay Corps,2764,9237 McColl, Allan,AIF,Pte,VX21767,2 of 2nd Aust Mtr Ambulance,2776,9238

McFarlane, Cyril Keith,AIF,Pte,NX46443,2 of 30th,2777,9247
Winepress, Frederick Joseph,AIF,Pte,QX21088,2 of 26th,2778,9513
Yeats, Charles Thomas,AIF,Pte,QX11453,2 Coy AASC,2779,9518


Ron Lymn died 29 October 1987 at Manning, aged 73 years.  His wife Ena died at Como in 2014 aged 95 years.

Camp Locations:

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  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Nagoya - Japan
  • Toyama, Nagoya #7-B - Japan