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William Albert Arthur Parkin

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William Albert Arthur Parkin
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 3 May 1906
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 3 Jan 1989 aged 82
Place of Death Albany, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 34 years, 2 months
Occupation orchardist
Address Roleystone, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs Margaret Parkin
Military Information
Reg Number WX5020
Date of Enlistment 23 Jul 1940
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 8th Australian Division Signals Company
Post War Details
Fate POW Malaya
Returned to Australia
External Monument(s) The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

Between 1932 and 1939 he spent some time in Victoria working in a news agency before returning to Perth.

War Service

Mobilised into the Militia as a motor transport driver in January 1940 at the Claremont Camp for recruits. In July he changed his enlistment to the 2nd AIF and was posted to the 8th Division Signals, embarking for Malaya in April 1941. He was listed as Missing in February 1942, before it was confirmed during 1943 that he was a POW, in Thailand where he spent 2½ years in Kanchanaburi near the Burma Railway. According to him, he had it easier than many others as he drove for a Japanese doctor. Retrieved from the POW camp in Thailand in August 1945. He spent three weeks in hospital in Singapore before being shipped to Fremantle where he stayed in the 110th Australian Base Hospital until the end of May 1946. Margaret Long was one of his nurses. Discharged from the AIF in October 1946.


Post War

Prior to July 1946 Bill married Margaret Long (1917 - 1956) in Perth. Margaret died from cancer in 1956, and Bill remarried in 1958, to Mary (Mollie) Pannett (1910 - 1992). He died from Leukaemia in 1989

Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at Carmel, orchard manager; in Wagin in 1950s, working in a bakehouse, and Albany in 1955 working for Hunt's Canning factory

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