Friday, 14 September 2018

W J Lindsay QX13785

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William John LINDSAY 

Service number: QX13785.  Age: 32 years 5 months.  Enlisted: 2 Jul 1940.
Occupation: Carpenter.  Next of kin: (wife) Mrs Muriel Lindsay.
Address on enlistment:  Bribie Island.

 13 Oct 1945, Sydney. Aircraft carrier HMS Formidable transporting 
members of 1 Coy AASC from POW camps.[1]

Service Summary:
 2 Jul 1940: 1 Company Australian Army Service Corps. [2]

2 Feb 1941: Embarked on HMT QX1 for Singapore.

27 Feb 1941: Disembarked for Naval Barracks, Singapore. Served in Malacca and Malaya.

15 Feb 1942: Prisoner of War, held at Changi Prison following the Fall of Singapore.

18 Mar 1943: Entrained Singapore D Force.

18 Jun 1944: Prisoner of War #7519, Omuta – Fukuoka 17, Japan.[3]

6 and 9 Aug 1945: Atomic bombs devastate Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

13 Sep 1945: Recovered from Japanese at Omuta by American Recovery Team.

Sep 1945, Omuta, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan: Allied prisoners-of-war (POWs) at
Fukuoka Camp 17 at Omuta, lining up to collect their tickets home, after being
liberated by an American Recovery Team at the end of the Second World War.

14 Oct 1945: Returned to Australia on HMS Formidable from Malaya to Sydney.

25 Jan 1946: Discharged.

Life Summary:
William John Lindsay (1908-1972) was born 29 Jan 1908 at Pomona, the eldest son of David Reed Lindsay (1874-1946) and Lavinia Howell (1881-1961). On 16 Nov 1935 William Lindsay married Muriel Cotterill at the Methodist Church on Bribie Island. The Lindsay family had purchased the Mountain View property on Bribie Island from the Landell family in 1933.

William Lindsay returned to Australia from a prisoner of war camp in Malaya on the aircraft carrier HMS Formidable which arrived in Sydney on 14 Oct 1945. Photos of his welcome home from his wife and family were published in the local Brisbane paper.
14 Oct 1945: The man to whom the greetings on the banners were directed was
Cpl. Lindsay, with his wife and family, of Bribie Island.
14 Oct 1945: Bill, Muriel, 

Graham (9) and Owen (6).

After his military service, William Lindsay returned to Bribie Island and his family. Later moving to Morningside and Camp Hill where he worked as an assessor.

William Lindsay died 2 Oct 1972 aged 64 and is remembered on the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial[6] at Ballarat, Victoria and with a memorial plaque at Mt Thompson Memorial Gardens. [7]

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