The Soldier's Details

First Name:
James Mclaughlan
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
'C' Company
Place of Birth:
Clydesbank, Scotland
Father's Name:
Thomas Goldie
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Hamil Goldie
Pre-war Occupation:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 26.
Selarang Camp Changi (Forest Party)
'B' Force Borneo
Cause of Death:
Acute Enteritis
Place of Death:
Sandakan-Ranau track, 2nd Ranau march.
Date of Death:

General Description

Jim Goldie enlisted AIF August 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s ‘C’ Company No. 12 Platoon.

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GOLDIE, Private, JAMES MCLAUGHLAN, WX7627, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 4 June 1945. Age 26. Son of Thomas and Sarah Goldie, of Busselton, Western Australia. Panel 18 Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.


Goldie, James James McLaughlan Goldie


Jim Goldie and ‘Bubbles’ Holmes were best mates working at Worsley prior to  enlisting.  Tragically they both perished on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March, Borneo.   Jim Goldie’s official Japanese death records state he died of acute enteritis on 4 June 1945, 38 miles from Sandakan.  He was 26 years old.

With ‘B’ Force Jim left Singapore 7th July 1942, on board tramp ship ‘Ubi Maru’ and arrived Sandakan 18th July.

9 groups of about 50 POWs each, left Sandakan between 29th January and 6th February 1945  Jim left with 2nd Sandakan -Ranau March – 536 POWs again in groups of  about 50 men began marching from 29 May.  288 sick POWs remained behind at Sandakan,  Jim died 4 June, 1945 on the track 38 miles from Sandakan.  Cause of death was given as acute enteritis.

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Goldie James M.
Goldie James M.
Goldie Jim
Goldie Jim


Goldie WX7627

Death Notice West Australian 1 November 1945
Death Notice West Australian 1 November 1945

Beard died Sandakan on 10 July, 1945.  Don Manning died 1943 at Kuii Camp, Burma-Thai Railway of Avitaminosis.  Beard, Goldie and Manning were in ‘C’ Company and enlisted in 1940.

Charles ‘Bubbles’ Holme enlisted September 1941.  Unfortunately we have no record of which Company he was with.   Holme was sent to Sandakan with ‘E’ Force.  Holme was Second Sandakan- Ranau March and perished 3 days after Goldie, on 7th June 1945.



Kings Park Avenue of Honour


James (Jim) Goldie was born in Clydebank Scotland in November 1918, one of three sons and two daughters born to Thomas and Sarah Goldie.

The Goldie family emigrated from Scotland in June 1923 and two months later took up land with the Group Settlement Scheme Lot 68, Loc 854. In Mar 1928 the family transferred to Group 27  Loc 1187.   The Group Settlement commenced 1921 and generally perceived as being a failed project.

Jim attended school at Kalgup.  He enjoyed playing soccer as did his brothers.

After finishing school he worked as a farm hand in the district.

Jim’s name is included on Busselton World War 2 Memorial.


Camp Locations:

  • Sandakan - Borneo ***