William Rice Gregory
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|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||2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion, 'A' Company|
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The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria
Enlisted at Claremont camp. A member of 'Blackforce' that was captured in Java, repatriated from Thailand. Member of 'A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4 Black Force.
POW # 454? 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 Candelaris Halliday. In 1954, William was recorded as being a butcher.
Missing West Aust 23 Jul 1942; POW 8 Sep 1943; The Argus, Saturday 22 September 1945, page 8 Captured Java, repatriated from Thailand