The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dwyer
First Name:
William Andrew
Nick Name:
Bill /Chooka
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10390
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
18.12.1940
DOB:
21.12.1920
Place of Birth:
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Joseph Dwyer
Mothers's Name:
Marie Annie Dwyer
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row H, Grave 22, Age 24.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' force Thailand, V Battalion
POW#:
3/7649 and 2237
Cause of Death:
Malaria and Dysentery
Place of Death:
Brankassi
Date of Death:
22.08.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 47, Brankassi

General Description

Admitted to the 2/10th Australian General Hospital on 12.2.1942 badly shell shocked and suffering from nervous exhaustion. Discharged to unit on 20.2.1942.

Bill Dwyer was selected from Selerang with ‘D’ Force V Battalion to work on Burma-Thai Railway.   They travelled by train from Singapore to Bampong, Thailand crowded into small carriages unable to all sit or sleep at one time.   V Battalion was to endure the highest death rate of any Battalion in ‘D’ Force.  Please read further.

Bill was singled out for unnecessary savagery by a Japanese guard intent on venting what can only be recognised as inhumane behaviour and thinking.  For more details about the incident leading up to the tragic death of Bill Dwyer.

 

 

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Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
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