The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Thomas Clifford
- Nick Name:
- Lance Corporal
- Regimental #:
- 'A' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Boulder, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Joseph Henry Wearn
- Mothers's Name:
- Margaret Ann Wearn (nee Rogers)
- Salvation Army
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Moulder’s Assistant
- Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A11, Row A, Grave 17, Age 33.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8 km,
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 4, Thanbyuzayat
Soldier was evacuated from Kendau 4.8km Camp to Thanbyuzayat Hospital in Burma, on 8.11.1942 where he died in the Dutch isolation ward with dysentery. He was 33 years old. Tom was a religious man and in his diary, which made it home to his family, he wrote the following verse:
‘Not only by the things we do, not only by the deeds confessed,
But in the most unconscious way, is Christ expressed.
For from your eyes he beckons you, and from your heart his love is shed,
Till I lose sight of you, and see Christ instead.’
The below information about Tom Wearn was published 1944. News of his death in 1942 had not reached his family nor authorities.
Tom’s parents Joseph Henry Wearn married 1895 near Broken Hill NSW to Margaret Ann Rogers who was born 1874 Wallaroo, South Australia. Both were large families and employed in mining.
It is thought Joseph and Margaret had several children however only Tom and his sister survived.
Tom married Edith Edwards (born Boulder about 1902) about 1934 in Kalgoorlie/Boulder and they had a daughter and son. Tom’s daughter Lily May Wearn born in 1937, married had several children and died in 2005 aged 68 years.
Tom’s mother Margaret died September 1932 Boulder and his father died in 1938.
In the 1934 Electoral Roll Tom was residing in Kalgoorlie and working as a wood carter.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn