Ronald Matthew WILSON

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WILSON, Ronald Matthew

Service Number: WX8438
Enlisted: 18 October 1940, Claremont, Western Australia
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 30 December 1910
Home Town: Cottesloe, Western Australia
Schooling: Hale School
Occupation: Estate Agent
Died: Died whilst a prisoner of the Japanese, Borneo, 25 December 1944, aged 33 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Memorial Location: Panel 18, Labuan Memorial (within Labuan War Cemetery)., Labuan Memorial, Labuan, Malaysia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Boyup Brook Sandakan Prisoner of War Memorial, Labuan Memorial, Labuan Federal Territory, Malaysia, Wembley Downs Hale School Honour Roll 2, Wembley Downs Hale School Memorial Grove
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World War 2 Service

18 Oct 1940: Enlisted Private, SN WX8438, Claremont, Western Australia
18 Oct 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Staff Sergeant, SN WX8438, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
25 Dec 1944: Involvement Staff Sergeant, SN WX8438, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Prisoners of War

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...WX8438 Sergeant Ronald Matthew Wilson, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Sergeant Wilson, aged 35, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 25 December 1944. He was the son of Matthew and Marian Reva Wilson, of Cottesloe, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18..." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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