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William Rice Gregory

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William Rice Gregory
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 19 Nov 1912
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 27 years, 10 months
Occupation Miner
Religion Church of England
Next of Kin Father , Mr Joseph Gregory
Military Information
Reg Number WX8625
Date of Enlistment 18 Oct 1940
Rank Private
Unit/Formation A Company, 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Medals 1939-45 Star
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45



Pre War

Electoral Roll entries: 1936 at 17 Burt street, Boulder, miner; 1937 at 35 Whittenoom street, Boulder, miner

War Service

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

Post War

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.

Notes

Missing 'West Australian' 23 Jul 1942; POW 8 Sep 1943; The Argus, Saturday 22 September 1945, page 8 Captured Java, repatriated from Thailand


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