Rolf Walker NEWLING

NEWLING, Rolf Walker

Service Number: WX8865
Enlisted: 25 October 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Perth, Western Australia, 5 June 1911
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness while a POW of the Japanese, Ranau, Borneo, 13 June 1945, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Labuan War Cemetery
Plot 19, Row C, Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Boyup Brook Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial, Northam Fallen, Ranau Number 2 Prisoner of War Jungle Camp "The Last Camp Memorial"
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World War 2 Service

25 Oct 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, WX8865, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed

Rolf Walker NEWLING was born in Perth, Western Australia on 5th June 1911

His parents were William John NEWLING & Lillian Mary WALKER

He married Eileen Alice McCOMISH in Western Australia in 1933 - two children, Joan & Gordon

He died as a prisoner of war during a death march on 13th June, 1945 and is buried in the Labuan War Cemetery

"Your suffering will never be forgotten"


His father William John NEWLING served during WW1 (5536) and WW 2 (W27457)

Two of his brothers served during WW2

1. Rexford Frank NEWLING (WX8432) died of Malaria whilst a prisoner of war in Thailand on 29th September, 1943

2. Oswald Kitchener NEWLING (WX17438) also died of Illness whilst a prisoner of war on 22nd October, 1943

another brother John Gordon (Jack) NEWLING died in a motor cycle accident in Western Australia on 22nd June 1946