2/4th Soldiers from Youngs Siding, Bornholm, Torbay, Kronkup area (between Denmark and Albany)
We believe this area included large numbers of Group Settlers.
WX12661 CAKE, William Ernest (Bill) enlisted 9 May 1941, joined ‘A’ Coy. Went with ‘A’ Force to Burma to work on northern end of Railway. Bill survived sufficiently well enough to be selected ‘fit’ by the Japanese to work in Japan. Sailed ‘Awa’ Maru Party and worked at Omuta Mine. He was recovered from here
end of the war.
As you can see Bill’s
father Ernest William Cake
is included in following
newspaper item. The family
farmed a Kronkup.
WX16426 WOLFE, William John (Bill) enlisted 10 Sep 1941 and joined HQ Company, Wolfe also went with ‘A’ Force to Burma to work on the northern end of the railway.
Bill was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war. His father Richard Wolfe is included in the above newspaper item – the family farmed at Bornholm.
Bill Wolfe married Maureen Goldsmith from same area.
Bill was son of Richard Travers Wolfe (born New Zealand) and Katherine May Leonard who married about 1908 Perth. Bill was the eldest of three sons and two daughters.
WX9253 ROSS, Donald (Don) was born Albany 1913, son of Alexander and Lillian Ross of Bornholm (situated between Denmark and Albany on the railway line). Don married Ada Bunker, daughter of George and Annie Bunker of Albany. Ada’s brother WX9223 Harold Bunker, known as Harry was also a soldier with 2/4th MGB and had a miraculous escape from death, and returned home. Read further about Harry Bunker.
Don Ross enlisted 30 October 19430 and was a Driver with ‘A’ Company as was WX9252 James Shackleton. Harry Bunker was a rangetaker with ‘A’ Company.
Ross was selected as a POW from Selarang, Changi with ‘E’ Force to work in Borneo. He died at Sandakan on 23 May 1945 aged 32 years, his death devastated the Ross and Bunker families of Albany. His name is on the Albany War Memorial.