William Rice Gregory
From Our Contribution
|Date of Birth||19 Nov 1912|
|Place of Birth||Armadale, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||27 years, 10 months|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr Joseph Gregory|
|Date of Enlistment||18 Oct 1940|
|Unit/Formation||A Company, 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion|
1939-45 Star |
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at 17 Burt street, Boulder, miner; 1937 at 35 Whittenoom street, Boulder, miner
Enlisted at Claremont camp. Following training Bill was utilised as a Rangetaker in 'A' Company A member of 'Blackforce' that was captured in Java, he was to be repatriated from Thailand. Sent to Thailand as a member of 'A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4 Black Force.
POW No 4541 Kanchanaburi, 50k & Tonchan South, 131k and 133k camps - Thailand. Return Details 1945: Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay
Repatriated by aircraft from Thailand to Singapore, and then HMT Moreton Bay from Singapore to Fremantle.
Discharged 7 Jan 1946
After the war, William Rice returned to live in Armadale. In 1946 he married Canderis Halliday.
Electoral Roll entries: 1949 - 1954 at Seventh road, Armadale, butcher.
Missing 'West Australian' 23 Jul 1942; POW 8 Sep 1943; The Argus, Saturday 22 September 1945, page 8 Captured Java, repatriated from Thailand