The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Albert Ernest
Nick Name:
Major, Commanding Officer of 'A' Company & on 7/2/1942 Commanding Office of 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Regimental #:
‘A’ Company Headquarters
Place of Birth:
Parramatta, New South Wales
Father's Name:
Ernest Saggers
Mothers's Name:
Annabella Saggers
Church of Christ
Pre-war Occupation:
Footwear Merchant
Selarang Camp Changi, Serangoon Road Camp, Sime Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi. Returned from Thailand to Sime Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp, Kranji Hospital Camp Woodlands, 2/14thAustralian General Hospital.
'H' Force Thailand, ‘H’ Force Group No. 3 (2/I.C. to Lt-Col Oakes and I.C. of pay & records)
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Perth, Duke of Gloucester’s aircraft ‘Endeavour’

General Description

Termite nest near Larrimah NT, OC Camp and RTO in snap with self
Self with Hayward and Anderson at Rapid Creek at high tide







Self with George Taylor and unknown NT
Saggers family
Major Saggers by DD Harrison 27.12.44
Major Saggers by DD Harrison 27.12.44
Major Saggers by L. Rawlings Jan 1944
Major Saggers by L. Rawlings Jan 1944
Sketch by Major Saggers 25.8.42
Sketch by Major Saggers 25.8.42


Saggers drawing of Singapore.


Lt. O'Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.
Lt. O’Sullivan, Maj. Saggers and Lt. Mentiplay.


Read further about return of Saggers 1945

Appointment Terminated 1/2/1946
On 7 February 1942 Major Bert Saggers, Commanding Officer of ‘A’ Coy was ordered to form a Divisional Reserve Battalion for the 8th Division.
Known as Special Reserve Battalion it was to comprise two companies – ‘A’ and ‘B’, made up of Australian Service Corps personnel, and ‘E’ Company.’E’ Company was to be formed from the reinforcements for 2/4th who had embarked on 16th January 1942 at Fremantle.
For further reading go to Stories – E Company
Bert Saggers died 28th December 1966 at Alfred Cove aged  67 years.  He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.




Please read report written by Saggers about Mentiplay during fighting at Singapore.




Above;  Bert with brother Clarrie who was manpowered, Edward who was KIA.


Edward Saggers was killed at Tobruk.


Saggers Shoe Store, Murray Street, Perth. Doris Dore worked here after the war.


Above Map Thailand coloured by Saggers.  He left Singapore with ‘H’ Force to travel to Thailand.

Below:  View from train journey.


Above:  Saggers drawing of Malay Hamlet,  Burma-Thai Railway, Thailand 1943.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore