The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Chatfield
First Name:
George Keith
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX11279
Company:
'C' Company, No. 11 Platoon.
Enlisted:
5.04.1941
Discharged:
14.02.1946
DOB:
22.08.1911
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Levin Owen Chatfield
Mothers's Name:
Catherine Chatfield
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selerang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Japan:
Yamane 10/9/1945 to 18/5/1945, Niihama 18/5/1945 to 12/9/1945.
POW#:
4/5986, 8762, 1585
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary, Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham, Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train.

General Description

 

George Chatfield was recovered from Niihama, Japan 12th August 1945.

Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred "Cowboy" Matthews, Ralph Hadfield, Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew "Mick" Lambie
Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred “Cowboy” Matthews, Ralph Hadfield,
Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew “Mick” Lambie.

 

George was good mates with Mick Hummerston, Slew Baxter and Floyed. Floyed  WX12663 died Sandakan March 1945. The four men were in ‘C’ Company.

George’s niece, Merle Chatfield married son of Robert Walter Marsh WX17639 who died from wounds at Roberts Barracks, Changi 5 April 1942.  Please read further.

 

George’s parents Levi Owen Chatfield and Catherine Nicholson married 1907 Perth.  George was one of 5 sons and 1 daughter and the family grew up at Tammin.  Levi Chatfield  was born in Victoria and died at Cunderdin aged 82 years in 1953 and his wife Catherine died May 1952 aged 71 years.

After the war George married in 1949 at Beverley to Beryl Olive Wake.  It is believed they had 3 sons.  The family lived at Quairading where George was a truck driver.  He died 17 May 1982 aged 69 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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