The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Baillie
First Name:
William Finlay
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9294
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
15.07.1920
Place of Birth:
Bruce Rock, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Finlay Baillie
Mothers's Name:
Mary Baillie (nee Oswald)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Hairdresser
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kuii (evacuated sick), Non Pladuk, Ubon
POW#:
4/5889
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade.

General Description

Ken Lally & Bill Bailie
Ken Lally WX9318 died coal mine, Japan March 1945 & Bill Bailie

 

 

Mates Baillie and Lally were both with ‘D’ Company, 13 Platoon (as was Loller – Loller wounded in action by mortar attack.  He received shrapnel wounds to his right knee, both legs and his back.  His right leg was amputated above the knee on 22 Feb 1942.  Loller remained in Changi throughout the war.

As POWs at Selarang Camp Singapore they were selected with ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion to work on the Thai-Burma Railway under CO. Maj. A. Cough also CO of  ‘D’  Company HQ.  V Battalion had one of the highest death rates of all parties on the railway.  Bill was sick at Kuii where 2/4th lost many men to illness.  Fortunately he was evacuated to Non Pladuk – but was not recovered and considered fit to go to Japan.   Lally survived to be selected ‘fit’ by the Japanese to go to Japan to work.  In Japan, Ken was one of a group of 2/4th working at Omuta mines – conditions were terrible with little regard to the safety of the men.  Ken was crushed between two coal trucks in the mine.

Please read about D Force V Battalion

Bill was recovered from Ubon POW Camp, Thailand at the end of the war.

Above:  the death of Bill Baillie Jnr’s grandmother, Bill (Jnr) would have been about 10 years of age.

 

 

Below:  Bruce Rock Newspaper update on Bill’s return journey 1945.

Above:  Exciting news from Colombo, where he was flown after his end of war recovery from Ubon POW Camp, Thailand, before returning Singapore.

The Baillie family learn the awful news Ken Lally died in a underground accident as a POW in Japan.

Below:  Bill returns to Bruce Rock and his occupation of hairdressing.

 

Below:  A little history of Billy’s father, also William Baillie.

 

 

 

Please read of the other Boys from Bruce Rock

Bill’s parents William Finlay Baillie (Snr) and Mary Oswald married 1915 Leederville. Bill took up a carrier business at Bruce Rock and retired in 1947.

 

Playing doubles with his sister Betty.

 

Bill Baillie married 1947 at Bruce Rock to Patricia Robinson.

Bill and Patricia moved to Corrigin.

 

 

We have no knowledge of when  Bill left Corrigin.

He died 28 April 1969 aged 48 years and was buried at Karrakatta.

Patricia Baillie died 25 January 1976 aged 47 years at Yokine.  She was also buried Karrakatta.

Please read of the other Boys from Bruce Rock

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Ubon - Thailand ***
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