The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Williams
First Name:
Alfred George
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX1138
Classification:
Cook
Company:
‘C’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
14.02.1939
Discharged:
19.12.1945
DOB:
9.11.1915
Place of Birth:
Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England
Father's Name:
Walter Alfred James Williams
Mothers's Name:
Fanny Williams
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Cleaner
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Java party No. 4, Williams Force.
Camps Thailand:
131km, 133km, Kanchanaburi, Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kinsaiyok, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Reptu 30km Hospital Camp, Tanyin, Anakwin, Taungzun 57km, Mezali 72km, Apalon 77km, Kyondaw 85 km, Payathonzu 108 km,
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
4488
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Sydney, HMT Highland Chieftan.

General Description

 

Alf was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who were unable to reboard ‘Aquitania’ before she sailed from Fremantle for Singapore on 16 January 1942.  Read about AWOL Fremantle.

Alf became a POW of Japan and spent nearly 12 months in Java, at Bicycle Camp before being selected with ‘A’ Force Java Party No. 4 Williams Force to work on the Burma end of the Thai-Burma Railway.

Read further about Java Party No. 4, Williams Force

Alf was recorded at Reptu Hospital Camp, Burma, and in Thailand at 131 km, 133 km, Kanchanaburi, Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kinsaiyok and Bangkok.

Previously, Williams Force and No. 1 Mobile Force worked at the following Camps in Burma:

Tanyin

Anakwin 24 april to 13 May

Taungzun 57 km (Williams & Anderson force became No. 1 Mobile Force)

Mezalu 72 km 13 July -mSeptember 1943

Apalon 77km 1 Sept- 11 Sept

Kyondaw 95 km

Payathonzu 108 km

122 km Camp

Whilst there are no records and we cant be certain where Alf worked, we assume he was at most of the above, including Reptu Hospital Camp.

 

Alfred passed away aged 87yrs, March 31 2002, at Rockingham, WA.

He married in 1940 to Alice May Hislop.  The couple resided in Bentley.  She died in Perth 1986.

Alice Hislop.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
  • Taungzun, 60 Kilo, 358k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Tanyin 35 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Anakwin 45 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Mezali 70km Camp - Burma
  • Kyondaw 95 Kilo Camp – Burma
  • 122 Km Camp, Thailand (Sonkurai Region)
  • Payathonzu or Paya-thonzu Taung 108 Kilo Camp, Burma
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