The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dimopoulos
First Name:
Peter John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX 13869
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
4.06.1941
Discharged:
23.01.1946
DOB:
29.07.1925
Place of Birth:
Greece
Father's Name:
John Dimopoulos
Mothers's Name:
Panorea Dimopoulos
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Sarangoon Road Camp, Selerang Barraks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi Aerodrome Camp, Kao Rin Specialist Camp
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle HMT Moreton Bay

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POW Veteran dies
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Release for Peter’s recognition of ANZAC of the year 2013.

Peter Dimopoulos and Mjr General

Left: Dimopoulos & Smith
Kranji, Singapore  February 2012 – 70th Anniversary of Fall of Singapore

 

Left:  Peter Dimopoulos and George Smith, Pingelly ex 2/18th Btn.

These 2 West Australians were with a party of Veterans selected by DVA to attend the Anzac Ceremony, Singapore, 2012.  The other veterans L-R George Butler, Bill Ennis, Roy Cornford, and Derek Holyoake, .George Butler, Bill Ennis, Roy Cornford, and Derek Holyoake

Peter Dimopoulos Thanks 70 Years On17012017

 

Peter passed away aged 90, August 26 2015, at Jarrahdale,WA. Until his final years, Peter was an active member of the Committee of the 2/4th, and was Treasurer.

He enlisted underage on 4th June 1941 and on 7 November 1941 was taken from the Reinforcements to Battalion HQs, Darwin.

In Singapore he was selected with D Force V Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway however because he had learnt Japanese at Singapore he was separated from Cough’s Party and became interpreter to Lt-Col Malcom at Base Hospital, Kanchanaburi, believed to have been with No. 1 Group, No. 3 Hospital.  (Malcolm wrote on 2 August 1943 that 7 men attached from Combatant Units were at No. 3 Hospital Kanchanaburi).  Malcolm was L Force Medical Party.

Peter moved to Aerodrome Camp, Kanchanaburi from 23 Dec 1943 to 29 Jan 1944 and finally to Kao Rin  about 42 Kilometre (or Kaoran) Medical Specialist Camp, 5 miles from Kanchanaburi until the end of the war.

He returned to WA onboard the Moreton Bay.

Because Peter spoke reasonable Japanese he went to Rabaul for War Crimes duty.   The first time was from 2nd August 1946 to 15 August 1946 and then 29 November 1946 to 23 May 1947.

He told Committee Member Cheryl Mellor that he was no longer able to remain at the trials.  He simply wanted to leave and return home as he found the trials gruelling.  He acknowledged being at the War Crimes greatly disturbed him.  He was a speaker at a Fall of Singapore Service where with sincerity and visible emotion he apologised on behalf of all the former 2/4th POWs who may have caused their wives and families distress.

 

 

 

 

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