The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Leith
First Name:
John Bremner
Nick Name:
Jock
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX4917
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
12.03.1946
DOB:
2.09.1901
Place of Birth:
Ross Shire, Scotland
Father's Name:
John Leith
Mothers's Name:
Jane Bremner Leith
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Dairyhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi. Returned from Thailand to Sime Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp (November 1944-August 1945)
Force:
'H' Force Thailand, Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II Malayan Hamlet, Kanchanaburi (evacuation with beri-beri on 10.9.1943)
POW#:
3/8509
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne, S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

Read about ‘Jock;’ at Malayan Hamlet with Eric Watt and Alby Miller.

‘Eric Watt of ‘C’ Coy was hospitalised in Singapore at Changi with a very bad abscess.  Watt apparently had a lot of sickness up north, beri beri, malaria and dysentery. He speaks highly of Leith and Miller of ‘C’ Coy.  They did an amazing job for other machine gunners in looking after and washing them and also in scrounging food for them.  Stories such as this help to restore one’s faith in human nature.’ 

The above was an entry in Tom Buninng’s diary relating to H3 Group at Malayan Hamlet.  Tom Bunning remained at Singapore throughout the war with Garden Party.

Leith was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Thailand.  Please read further

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Malay Hamlet 153.00km - Thailand
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