The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Edward William
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Fremantle, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Edward William Wallin
- Mothers's Name:
- Maude Orontes Wallin
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), Selarang Barracks Changi. Selarang Barracks Changi, Changi Gaol Camp. Following return from Thailand - Selerang Barracks Changi, Changi Gaol Camp.
- ‘F’ Force Thailand
- Camps Thailand:
- Shimo Sonkurai, Shimo Nikhe
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore‐Darwin‐Melbourne, 1st Netherlands Military Hospital Ship Oranje, Melbourne‐Perth bv troop train.
Ted was an active member of 2/4th Machine Gun Ex-Members Assoc. and for many years was Borehole Editor. We wish to acknowledge the contribution by his daughter and her husband for their contribution over the years. Folding and posting the Borehole out.
Ted Wallin enlisted with AIF 10 December 1941. He was assigned to 2/4th reinforcements ‘E’ Coy boarding ‘Aquitania’ 15th January 1942, sailing to Singapore. He would have had just a few weeks training.
From ‘Ghosts in Khaki’ by Les Cody of 2/4th (P129)
At 0300hrs 9 February 1942 – 2/4th battalion was put on stand-by-preparing equipment etc. ready to move (the Japanese Army began their attack in the early dawn of 8 February!)
Ted Wallin 2/4th said
“It was a bloody shambles in the dark, still trying to sort out our sections, section officers or N.C.Os., covered in grease from unpacking and cleaning an allocation of Bren gun which had just been issued, filling magazines, trying to scrounge a hot drink, and wishing to Christ I had joined the navy after all. To think that only three weeks before we had been going about business n Northam Camp not greatly worried about the ‘You’ll be sorry’ sign above the gate. How wrong we were”.
From 9-12 Feb ‘E’ Coy of the Special Reserve Battalion had been decimated. Of the total Coy strength of 90 men – 43 had been killed or were missing in action since the formation of the SRB.
‘E’ Coy joined 2/4th at Fremantle boarding ‘Aquitania’ 15th January 1942. Less than a month later they had lost over one third of original draft of 120 men. Including the wounded, the total battle casualties rose to over 50%.
Half of these men had less than four month’s training. 8 had been in the army less than a 3 months, 6 men less than two months (including Ted).
As a POW of Japan, Ted remained in Singapore until he was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘F’ Force Thailand which departed Singapore by rail on 16 April 1943 for Thailand.
‘F’ Force returned to Singapore Dec 1943.
Below: Wallin’s family receive wonderful news from Darwin he is safe and returning home
In later years Ted Wallin worked tirelessly as Borehole Editor. At the 50th Anniversary Dinner Celebrations, the Committee of 2/4th made a special presentation, as Ted himself wrote ‘for services rendered over the years’. Ted said it came as a complete surprise to him and wished to thank everybody very much. The story was included in January 1991 issue of Borehole Bulletin.
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore