The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Rees
First Name:
Arthur John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6129
Company:
‘C’ Company, 11 Platoon
Enlisted:
13.07.1940
Discharged:
19.02.1946
DOB:
6.04.1917
Place of Birth:
Midland Junction, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Joseph Rees
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Rees
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Barman and Yardman
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Chungkai
POW#:
4 /6537 and 8840
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Arthur John Rees
Arthur John Rees

 

 

Prior to enlisting13 July 1940 he  had been working in Kalgoorlie as a yardman at the Palace Hotel, Kalgoorlie.

He later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘C’ Company 11 Platoon.

As a POW in Singapore Rees was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway at thee Hellfire Pass Cutting with D’ Force, S Battalion.
He was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.
In 1943 Arthur sends news to his sister he is well and safe working as a POW.

 

Arthur would learn his father had died in 1942.

 

Arthur was born 1917 to parents Joseph & Margaret Rees at Midland Junction where the family was residing at the time.
He was one of five children – Selina, Annie, Raymond, Arthur & Joseph (Jnr).   Selina married in 1918 to Ernie Bassett.

 

 

Arthur’s mother Margaret Elizabeth Rees died Aug 1929.  She was buried at Karrakatta.  Arthur’s father was recorded as being an Insurance Agent for AMP.

In May 1942, Arthur’s father died in Kalgoorlie.

 

Arthur Rees died 15 July 1976 at Leederville.  He was 59 years old.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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