The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
Company Headquarters
Place of Birth:
Bristol, England
Father's Name:
Joseph Sevier
Mothers's Name:
Florence Rose Sevier
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck and Tractor Driver
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial , Panel 19, Age 38.
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
‘E’ Force Borneo
4/6597 & 1895
Cause of Death:
Place of Death:
Sandakan‐Ranau track
Date of Death:

General Description

Joe Sevier enlisted  AIF 18 Oct 1940 later joining Compan y Headquarters as a Driver.  His Commanding Officer was Capt McEwin who was KIA 11 Feb at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan.



Ockerby & Sevier, Sydney
Ockerby & Sevier, Sydney.


Ockerby was executed by Japanese 9/2/1942 and Sevier died June 1945 on the Second Sandakan to Ranau Death March.

Joe Sevier, died 7 June 1945 and his body recovered from the track after the war with 3 other 2/4th soldiers.  Charles Holme WX16416, George Smith WX84891 and George Taylor WX14775.   The four men from 2/4th were included in about 35 POWS who were tortured and massacred at the 55 mile peg, about 8 km from the Tangkul  Crossing.

Please read ‘B’ and ‘E’ Forces Borneo

Please look at Sandakan Map and photographs of all 
West Australians who lost their lives.



Montague Smith WX9143 on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right
Montague ‘Monty’ Smith WX9143 (died 11/3/1943 Thailand) on left and Joe Sevier WX8544 on right.


Joe Sevier’s SA Pay Book Photo.


Joe Sevier and ‘Monty’ Smith were 2 of 4 young men to join up from the small town of Muckinbudin.  The other two were Dudley Squire (KIA 12th February 1942) and Reg ‘Buck’ Rogers. Only Rogers survived and returned home.

Joe Sevier migrated to Western Australia 1925/26 with two older brothers.  He was the youngest of 8 children born near Bristol, England.  (Four older brothers served in the British forces during WW1.)  Joe worked  in the wheatbelt area of Narrogin and Korrelocking before settling at Wilgoyne near Muckinbudin in 1927.



Above:  Listed as Nominated migrants on board ‘Barrabool’ are Joe’s mother Rose F. Sevier and  brother Fred C. Sevier with his wife and child.

In 1928 Joe was joined by his mother and an older brother and his family.   They intially lived in tents on their employer’s farm.  With only a horse and cart, trips to Muckinbudin were rare. They went to the nearest rail siding Lake Brown where there were several wheat lumpers’ camps.   There was one store, one bakery, one butcher and a hall.

Joe and his brothers worked in the area clearing roads, tractor driving, fencing and general farm work.  Joe and one of his brothers, Fred took up virgin land.  They cleared a small area and emus invaded and destroyed their first crop.  He was working in the Nungarin area prior to enlisting.

Joe was a keen soccer player and represented Wilgoyne playing in the same competition as Dudley Squire from Muckinbudin.  He rode a Harley motor bike.  His last job was at Nungarin before he enlisted.

Joe Sevier had married his wife Hazel in Adelaide shortly before going overseas.

Read story of Boys from Muckinbudin



Below:  Joe’s name has been included in the death notice of a friend.

He was the son of Joseph and Florence Rose Sevier, and the husband of Hazel Beryl Sevier, of Glenelg, SA.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***