The Soldier's Details

Surname:
McGlinn
First Name:
Donald Spencer
Nick Name:
Don
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX11580
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
9.04.1941
DOB:
22.03.1915
Place of Birth:
Dangin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Edmund McGlinn
Mothers's Name:
Victoria 'Elizabeth' McGlinn (nee Bond)
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Railways Platelayer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row J, Grave 44, Age 28.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Kanu II
POW#:
3/8883 & 8817
Cause of Death:
Dysentery and Avitaminosis
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
15.07.1943
Buried:
Cemetery No. 2, Grave No. 45 Tarsau, on 16.7.1943

General Description

Back Row Centre Gordon Breeze Front Row Left D S McGlinn WX11580 - others unknown
Back Row Centre Gordon Breeze
Front Row Left D S McGlinn WX11580, his cousin Frank McGlinn WX8478-the family resemblance is remarkable!

 

Having survived the Battle for Singapore, Don was POW Singapore when he was selected with ‘D’ Force, S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thailand Railway.  S Battalion included a large number of 2/4th ‘boys’.  They departed Singapore by train for Thailand 14 March 1943.

Please read further about S Battalion.

Buried by John Waddell & S. A. ‘Sue’ Currie from 2/4th.

 

 

 

Don McGlinn is first cousin to Frank McGlinn WX8478 who returned to Australia,  but tragically died in an accident a few years later.

Their fathers are  brothers.  Don’s father James Edmund McGlinn  is two years younger than Thomas McGlinn father of Frank.  James and Thomas are two of about 15 children born to parents David Patrick McGlinn and Sarah Ashworth of York.

 

 

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.  Photo taken January 2018

 

James Edmund McGlinn married 1910 at York to Sarah Victoria ‘Elizabeth’ Bond.  Don was one of seven sons and 1 daughter.

Don was working at Lake Biddy/Lake Grace for WAGR when he enlisted in April 1941.

 

Don’s parents and family erected a headstone in memory of him at Kukerin Cemetery, Dumbleyung Shire.

 

Don’s mother ‘Elizabeth’ died in 1984.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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