ANZAC Day remembrances


Andrew James Loller was born in Kellerberrin, WA on the 20th June 1914 to

parents James and Rosetta.

The South Australian James Loller had married Bruce Rock born Rosetta

Barr and the couple had arrived back in Bruce Rock from Belka in 1923.

Andrew’s siblings were Stanley, Bert, Ethel, Gilbert, Gladys, Dave, Violet

,Daphne and Margaret.

He was always known as Jim.

Jim attended Bruce Rock Primary School and excelled at cricket.

At age 22, Jim was hospitalized first in Bruce Rock and then transferred to

Perth for an operation.

Their father passed away in 1939 when Jim was 25.

He enlisted as a private in the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion on the 30th

October 1940.

The Army trained in Northam, and then marched the men to Perth, a hilly

route of almost 100 kilometres.

Stanley, Gilbert and Bert also joined the AIF, and Gladys the AWAS.

James was in Singapore when it fell to Japanese invasion, and he was

severely wounded in the leg.

This caused an amputation to be performed by Japanese doctors. Many men

lost their leg(s) due to tropical ulcers.

The 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion arrived in Changi at 3am on the 18th

February 1942.

Over 300 were selected for working parties.

He and many of his comrades spent 3 ½ years in Changi POW Camp.

Conditions became extreme in Changi as the war continued, and many men

succumbed to illnesses due to near starvation, limited diets, crowded

conditions and cruelty by their captors.

Of the 961 members of the 2/4th, 137 were killed in action, and 263 died as

prisoners of war.

His brother Gilbert was in an Italian POW camp and was released home to

Bruce Rock before Jim.

Neither were home when their young brother David died aged 24.

Stanley married Stella Bird, and her sister Lily married Jim in 1945.

The Bird girls lost a brother in an Italian POW camp the day before peace

was declared.

Jim and Lily lived in a soldier settlement area in Perth and raised 3 children,

2 sons and a daughter.

Jim died on the 24th April, 1986.

Thank you for your service, soldier.

Author: gorcat28

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