The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Branson
First Name:
George Howard
Rank:
Lieutenant
Regimental #:
WX10372
Company:
A' Company
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
Discharged:
22.11.1946
DOB:
23.02.1918
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Howard Henry Branson
Mothers's Name:
Ethel May Branson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Sales Manager
Singapore:
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.
Force:
H' Force Thailand, H6 Offcier's Party, 'H' Force No. 1 Sub-Section.
POW#:
4/4079
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

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.

 

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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