The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- George Howard
- Regimental #:
- A' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Subiaco, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Howard Henry Branson
- Mothers's Name:
- Ethel May Branson
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Sales Manager
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Sime Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi. Returned from Thailand to Sime Road Camp, Serangoon Road Camp, Changi Gaol Camp.
- H' Force Thailand, H6 Offcier's Party, 'H' Force No. 1 Sub-Section.
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.
Replaced Lieutenant J.C. Morrison on his evacuation to hospital with dengue fever.
In his book ‘Railroad to Burma’ Page 33, author James Boyle wrote of being POWs at Adam Park, Singapore and mentioned the growing day to day boredom. From this there grew a gathering of 30-40 amateur actors and musicians which formed a concert party. “The show was managed by George Branson of the 2/4th MG Batt.”
The orchestra consisted of about 15 instruments (some were wholly manufactured in the camp mainly from 3-ply and some lighter timber from the house timber). The Conductor was Bert Ford of the 8th Div. Sigs. who had been a member of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra before enlisting.
George Branson was a Western Australian Senator 1958-1971.
He died 27 January 1999.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
- Sime Road Camp - Singapore