The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Glass
First Name:
George
Nick Name:
Paddy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7595
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
24.04.1946
DOB:
21.03.1901
Place of Birth:
Belfast, Ireland
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Barman/Yardman
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi-British Army Hospital at Chulalongkom Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Beke Taung 40km, Aungganaung 105km
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
4540
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, H.M. Hospital Ship Karoa

General Description

George enlisted AIF 6 Aug 1940 later joining 2/4th MGB.  He became Driver with Battalion HQ – with Commanding Officer Lt-Col Mick Anketell.

 

Glass was one a several men from Btn HQ who went AWOL at Fremantle when ‘Aquitania’ anchored overnight 15 Jan 1942 on her way from Sydney to Singapore.  Please read about those AWOL at Fremantle. 

WX8356 Watkins and WX7939 Sawyer also were AWOL and sailed to Java with Glass.

George Glass was a regular visitor from Northam Army Camp at the family home of Tom LewisPlease read about Tom’s life.

Also read about Tom Lewis returning home and his challenging life.

In Java, Glass became part of ‘Blackforce’ and following surrender to the Japanese, was interned at Bicycle Camp Batavia.

He was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4 Williams Force.

Please read further about Java Party No. 4 Williams Force.

We believe he was evacuated from 105km Camp Burma  to Kanchanaburi Thailand.  At the end of war he was recovered from British Army Hospital at Chulalongkorn, Bangkok.

 

Below:  George’s NOK was his sister Sarah Thompson.

 

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George sailed from London  29 Oct 1927 aged 22 years on ‘Osterley’ to Fremantle.  His last address was Government Institution Centre, Co. Antrim, Ireland.

Prior to enlisting, George was living 50 Francis Street, Perth and working as a yardman.

Unfortunately we know nothing of George’s movements after returning to WA.

He died at Manjimup 5 Jan 1950 aged 44 years.  He was buried at Manjimup Cemetery.

Camp Locations:

  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Beketaung, 40Kilo, 374k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
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