The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Wearn
First Name:
Thomas Clifford
Nick Name:
Tom
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX12008
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
29.04.1941
DOB:
27.04.1909
Place of Birth:
Boulder, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Joseph Henry Wearn
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Ann Wearn (nee Rogers)
Religion:
Salvation Army
Pre-war Occupation:
Moulder’s Assistant
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A11, Row A, Grave 17, Age 33.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8 km,
POW#:
1510
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Thanbyuzayat
Date of Death:
20.11.1942
Buried:
Grave No. 4, Thanbyuzayat

General Description

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.’

 

 

 

Wearn WX12008 17 March 1945
Wearn WX12008 17 March 1945

 

Height 6′

Tom’s patents Joseph Henry Wearn married 1895 near Broken Hill NSW to Margaret Ann Rogers who was born 1874 Wallaroo, South Australia.  The families were large 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.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
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