William James ADAMS

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ADAMS, William James

Service Number: SX5457
Enlisted: 15 June 1940, Wayville, South Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Parkstone, England, 27 August 1906
Home Town: Yorketown, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Service (POW of Japan - Rakuyo Maru), South China Sea, 12 September 1944, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Labuan Memorial (Labuan War Cemetery) Memorial panel 18
Memorials: Adelaide WW II Wall of Remembrance*, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Labuan Memorial
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World War 2 Service

15 Jun 1940: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
15 Jun 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX5457, Wayville, South Australia
15 Jun 1940: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
28 Apr 1941: Involvement Australian Army, Corporal, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre
28 Apr 1941: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
7 Dec 1941: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Malaya/Singapore
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore, POW - Burma Thailand Railway
12 Sep 1944: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Corporal, SN SX5457, 2nd/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography

Father  William James Adams and Louie Adams, of Ravenshoe, North Queensland.

15 June 1940       Enlisted   at  Wayville
                             became postman to the 2/3MG Bn at Woodside, South Australia

28/4/1941             Embarked
                             7 Divisional Postal Unit, attached to 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion (2/3MG Bn)

The battalion embarked for the Middle East in late April 1941 and served in Syria until Japan entered the war when the battalion was withdrawn to Java during February 1942.

Corporal Adams became a prisoner of war and worked for some time on the Burma Thailand Railway from the camp near Moulmein, Burma. On completion of the railway many of the prisoners were transported to Japan.

Corporal Adams was killed when the Japanese prison ship in which he was travelling, the Rakuyo Maru, was sunk by the United States Navy submarine USS Pampanito on 12 September 1944 (aged 38 years).

Commemorated at Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia

His name is located at panel 74; Supplementary panel 11 in the Commemorative Area (www.awm.gov.au) at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  19 August 2014.  Lest we forget.

 

"SX5457 Corporal (Cpl) William James Adams, 7 Divisional Postal Unit, attached to 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion (2/3MG Bn). He enlisted in the AIF on 15 June 1940 and became postman to the 2/3MG Bn at Woodside, South Australia. The battalion embarked for the Middle East in late April 1941 and served in Syria until Japan entered the war when the battalion was withdrawn to Java during February 1942. Cpl Adams became a prisoner of war and worked for some time on the Burma Thailand Railway from the camp near Moulmein, Burma. On completion of the railway many of the prisoners were transported to Japan. Cpl Adams was killed when the Japanese prison ship in which he was travelling, the Rakuyo Maru, was sunk by the United States Navy submarine USS Pampanito on 12 September 1944. He was aged 38 years." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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