Kenneth (Ken) LALLY

LALLY, Kenneth

Service Number: WX9318
Enlisted: 20 February 1940, Claremont, WA
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Northam, WA, 20 February 1915
Home Town: Carnamah, Carnamah, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman and Manager
Died: Suffocation, Injuries, Japan, 23 March 1945, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Yokohama War Cemetery
E A 9, Yokohama War Cemetery, Yokohama, Kanto, Japan
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Carnamah War Memorial, Northam Fallen, Northam WW2 Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, WX9318
20 Feb 1940: Enlisted Private, WX9318, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Claremont, WA
30 Oct 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, WX9318, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion


Only son of Thomas Henry and Jessie Lally.

Enlisted with 2/4th Machine Gn Battalion Oct 1940 Western Australia. He served Singapore with 2/4th's "D" Coy No. 13 Platoon on west coast Singapore. The Japanese invaded on night of 8 Feb 1942. Lally was wounded with shrapnel wounds to right leg admitted 2/13th AGH. Discharged to unit 21 Feb 1942 by which time Japan had defeated Allied forces in Singapore. Was now POW of Japan at Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park and returned to Selarang Barracks Changi.

From Singapore Lally was taken to work on Burma-Thai Railway with 'D' Force Thailand V Battalion in 1943. V Battalion was to suffer one of the highest death rates on the line. Lally survived working around the Hellfire Pass region however was evacuated to railway line with beri beri and malaria 7 May 1943 to Tamarkan Hospital POW Camp, then onto Non Pladuk.
In 1944 he was selected 'fit' by Japanese to work in Japan.
Sailed 'Aramis' Party to Moji, Japan. Was sent to Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta to work in coal mine. On 23 March 1935, Lally was working below ground in the coal mine when he was crushed between coal trucks resulting in his death with dislocation of his cervical vertebrae, aged 30 years. He was buried Yojkohama War Cemetery.

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas Henry LALLY and Jessie nee EGGLESTON

Below ground in a coal mine in Japan, this Soldier was crushed between two coal trucks, dislocating his cervical vertebrae.