Hindaine - Thailand
Hindaine – Thailand
Hindaine was located about 8 kilometres south from Brankassi and close to Hindato on a small tributary of River Kwae Noi.
‘D’ Force V Battalion Group 6 were here from 10 July 1943 to 31st August 1943. This camp was under canvas and as usual the tents would not do what they were designed to do.
Major Alf Cough wrote:
‘This camp is just hell, the whole area a sea of black stinking mud, very little food; and men dying every day. For the last three weeks we have eaten nothing but rice and dried fish; for three weeks prior to that we had rice and dried cabbage at the rate of one cupful of rice plus a dessert spoon of fish or cabbage. The men cannot last much longer unless we get some decent food and medical supplies. I am tired of reading burial services and watching my men die without being able to lift a hand to help them; they are full of courage and keep their chins up until the last moment.’
On 27 July Lt. ‘Scotty’ Howell was detached to Brankassi with about 80 other ranks as W Party. ‘D’ Force V Battalion now consisted of three separate groups – one at Onte, one at Hindaine and W Party at Brankassi.
On 10th August 1943 40 heavy sick including Capt. John HIll of 2/4th were evacuated.
28 men died at this camp including several 2/4th machine gunners; indicative of the remoteness of this camp and access to trading food.
On 30th August Major Alf Cough was ordered to take 100 of his fittest men to Kuii. The remainder of this group returned to Branakassi Camp.
Additionally read the story ‘D’ Force V Battalion Group 6.
BOREHOLE BULLETIN OCTOBER 1992