The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Cyril Jack
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company, No. 5 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Surrey, England
- Father's Name:
- Jack Vidler
- Mothers's Name:
- Hilda May Vidler
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Grano Worker
- 'Blackforce', attached to 'C' Coy 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party 5A, Robertson Force.
- Camps Thailand:
- Nikhe‐Sonkurai Defence Line, Nacompaton, Bangkok
- Camps Burma:
- Alepauk, Lawa 85 km, Apalaine 80 km,
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa.
Front Row: Left-right D.F. Sterrett, John Gilmour.
At Window: C.J. McDonald. 1941 Woodside SA.
Photograph taken by John Lane, donated AWM.
Vidler enlisted AIF 18 Oct 1940, later joining 2/4th’s ‘A’ Coy 5 Platoon under Commanding Officers Lt Walton and Lt. Learmonth.
Cyril Vidler was a POW in Java when selected to work on the Burma end of Burma-Thai Railway with Robertson Force, Java Party No, 5A.
Cyril was one of 4 men from the 2/4th in this party – Ted Cosson, Merve Wilkinson and Les Lee (who was absorbed into Party 5A having been transported to Singapore with Party 4 and remaining behind because he was taken ill).
Also read about Java and Blackforce and how Cyril became a POW in Java.
At the end of war, Cyril was recovered from Bangkok.
Cyril Vidler, a popular young man and sportsman tragically died 9th June 1947 at Hollywood Hospital unable to recover from the ravages of being a prisoner of Japanese for three and a half years. He grew up in the Canning area played Soccer, belonged to Darts team and was a member of a Dance Studio.
Below is a copy of Cyril’s affidavit in support of the treatment given to a fellow POW Private Durkin who died from this torture.
VIDLER, Private, CYRIL JACK, WX8585, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 9 June 1947. Age 27. Son of Jack and Hilda May Vidler, of Queens Park. Grave Ref. L.A.4.
Jack was 2 years old when he sailed from London 19 Jul 1922 on ‘Sophocles’ to Albany with his younger brother George and parents Jack & Hilda Vidler.
Jack Vidler and Hilda May Redford married 1917 Surrrey, England.
Many of the above notices are from 2/4th mates, including Bob Dunell, Dore family and Gilmour family.
Cyril’s parents Jack Vidler and Hilda May Redford married in 1917 England. They sailed for Australia departing London 19 July 1922 on ‘Sophocles’. Cyril’s father’s occupation was recorded as gardener. Cyril was 2 years old and with him was a younger brother George aged 12 months.
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Songkurai 294k - Thailand
- Alepauk, Rabao, 18 Kilo - Burma
- Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
- Bangkok - Thailand
- Nikhe, Ni Thea, 133Kilo Camp, 281.80km - Thailand