The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Raymond Francis
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'B' Company, Platoon 8.
- Place of Birth:
- Subiaco, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- James Victor Carruthers
- Mothers's Name:
- Lucy Carruthers
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kranji War Cemetery, Special Memorial 'C', Plot , Row E, Grave 11, Age 22.
- Cause of Death:
- Killed in Action
- Place of Death:
- On a slope about 300 yards from Mandai Road
- Date of Death:
8 Platoon: R E Carruthers, D N Russell, G H Edwards, J A Taylor (A Coy HQ) and L H Lee.
With Platoon 8 under the command of MacKinnon, Ray was KIA on 11 February 1942 aged 22 years with three others. Sgt and second-in-command Richard Sandilands, Ronald Smith and Don Day were withdrawing from Mandai Road.
Please go to ‘Jocka’ Skelton’s history to read further.
Above Map showing where 27th Australian Brigade was located which ‘B’ Company, 8 Platoon was supporting. You can see village of Mandai and Mandai Road extending eastwards.
Ray was the eldest of eight children born to James and Lucy Carruthers.
Below: Ray Carruthers mother Lucy died November 1941.
Officially the Carruthers family were informed at end of Marc 1946 of Ray’s death on 11th Feb 1942.