The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bell
First Name:
Edward
Nick Name:
Eddie
Rank:
Warrant Officer Class 2
Regimental #:
WX691
Classification:
Clerk
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
10.11.1939
Discharged:
10.04.1946
DOB:
4.05.1910
Place of Birth:
Winlaton, Durham, England
Father's Name:
William Andrew Bell
Mothers's Name:
Edith Bell (nee Bright)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand,V Battalion(appointed quartermaster in charge of the cookhouse & rations)
Camps Thailand:
Brankassi, Hindaine, Hindato, Onte, Kuii, Non Pladuk, Bangkok, Ubon
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMHS Karoa.

General Description

Eddie Bell was an original soldier of 2/11th Battalion.  Following an injury during training in NSW he was transferred to Western Command for 3 months sick leave.  Later he transferred from 2/11th to 2/4th MGB on 5 Dec 1940 also making him an original Member of the 2/4th.

He was POW at Selarang Camp and Barracks, Changi when selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion.  He was appointed quartermaster in charge of cookhouse and rations.

Please read further about V Battalion

Bell was at Brankassi, Hindaine, Hindato, Onte, Kuii before  being sent to Non Pladuk, then to Bangkok and finally was at Ubon Camp from where he was recovered at the end of war.

 

 

Eddie Bell had one brother John born in 1913.  It is not known if Eddie Bell remained in Australia after the end of the war

Eddie passed away in late 1988.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Hindato, 198k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Onte, Yongthi, 213k - Thailand
  • Tonchan, 139k - Thailand
  • Ubon - Thailand ***
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