The Soldier's Details

Surname:
De’Castilla
First Name:
Harry Bussell
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX10721
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
15.01.1941
Discharged:
30.04.1946
DOB:
25.10.1908
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Harry De’Castilla
Mothers's Name:
Violet May Bussell
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Konkoita, Chungkai, Petchaburi, Kachu Mountain Camp
Camps Burma:
Evacuated to Khonkan 55km Camp from Aungganaung 105km Camp on 1.7.1943 and discharged on 17.10.1943
POW#:
1506
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Sydney by aircraft; Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Otranto 11.10.1945

General Description

Harry was recovered from Kachu Mountain Camp near Phetburi.

Prior to enlisting Harry had been working as driller/miner at Mt Palmer, Yilgarn.  He was the youngest of three sons and had four sisters.

Harry’s father a civil engineer, was City Surveyor for Perth City Council.  Amongst his projects was the Toodyay Railway and surveying the water bores for the Trans Australian Railway.

Harry is cousin to ‘Pop’ Heppingstone WX8525.

Harry Married November 1952 to Mavis Love Skipsey.

Harry de Castilla wedding

 

He died Swanbourne 28 November 1973.

 

West Australian Friday 20th October 1950

Letters to the Editor

 

Castilla 1

De Castilla 2

de Castilla, Harry p 3

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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