The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Thorns
First Name:
Arthur Stanley
Nick Name:
Codge
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10289
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
DOB:
18.11.1917
Place of Birth:
Trafalgar, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Albert Wilfred Thorns
Mothers's Name:
Amy Matilda Thorns
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Pipe Fitter
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan memorial, Panel 19, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘E’ Force Borneo
POW#:
4/6721 & 1936
Cause of Death:
Beaten to Death
Place of Death:
Ranau No2 Camp
Date of Death:
1.08.1945

General Description

This soldier was amongst the last group at Ranau to be massacred.  During the War Trials of Sandakan the final conclusion regarding the POWs at Ranau was that on 1st August a senior Japanese soldier gave the order to the guards to kill all remaining prisoners estimated to include 42 Australians and 7 British POWs.  Locals however, reported the men’s deaths to be later.  It is known Codge Thorns was amongst the last surviving Australians, he was the only living 2/4th soldier alive at this time, most of whom were extremely ill and Codge was named by Stipewich who had escaped earlier.

 

Height 5′ 9″

 

Information from ‘Sandakan – The Untold Story of the Sandakan Death Marches’ by Paul Ham.

Thorns A.S.
Thorns A.S.

 

 

 

Arthur was from Kalgoorlie, he was last recorded residing with his parents at 23 President Street, Kalgoorlie.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Ranau - Borneo
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