The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Alfred Daly
- Nick Name:
- Lance Corporal
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company, No. 14 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Gaulle, Ceylon
- Father's Name:
- William Sextus Daly Winter
- Mothers's Name:
- Annie Gertrude Elizabeth Winter
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 36 (rescued by USS Pampanito)
- Return Details 1945:
- Saipan‐Guadalcanal-Brisbane-Perth, 1.11.1944
Alf was wounded in action 11/2/1942. Received shrapnel wound to lower back and leg but remained on duty.
The above news of Alf was one of several news stories of POWs included in this edition of ‘Daily News’.
Read the story Members of 2/4th nominated for Medal but not awarded.
And the story Surviving the Sinking of the Rakuyo Maru written by Roy Cornford NX44955 of the 2/19th Battalion, courtesy of Peter Winstanley.
Alf and Wally Winter (centre and right)
Alf Winter was one of few very lucky men to live long enough after the sinking of ‘Rakuyo Maru’ to be rescued by USS ‘Pampanito’ in the South China Sea. During his last surviving days when Alf felt he could no longer “go on” and his spirits at their lowest, he suddenly remembered it was his wife’s birthday! And he had to keep surviving! It was the 15th September 1944. His girlfriend, Justine (Helen) Smith was sister of his mate ‘Whispering’ Smith WX6641.
Both Winter and Smith were in ‘D’ Company, No. 14 Platoon under CO Lt. Tomkins.
Please read further about D Company
Winter survived to be rescued by the Americans. The ‘Pampanito’ rescued five 2/4th men. Alf and Wally Winter, Jack Cocking, Tom Pascoe and Harry Pickett.
Alf returned to Australia with the other rescued ‘Rakuyo Maru’ POWs where they spent time being medically assessed and more importantly were able to provide AIF details of their Battalion deaths, locations of POW Camps, Japanese defence installations and vital Japanese manufacturing locations passed onto British and American bombers.
Alf with the Pampanito survivors returned to Perth by end of 1944. He married Justine Helene Smith at Fremantle 1945 after which Alf and Justine lived in South Perth.
In 1950, Alf’s father died.
He took up teaching and was appointed to Scotch College, Claremont.
Alf Winter died 2nd November 1982 aged 68 years. Justine died in 2002 aged 89 years.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore