The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Swift
First Name:
John Cecil
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX12378
Classification:
Fitter
Company:
Attached to 2/4th, Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Enlisted:
3.05.1941
Discharged:
15.04.1946
DOB:
23.04.1916
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Cecil Swift
Mothers's Name:
Hilda Rachel Urquhart Swifi
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Motor Mechanic
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion.
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Hindaine, Hindato, Nacompaton, Bangkok (go‐downs), Japanese Transport Camp with Wally Bow and Ron Manthorpe.
POW#:
4/4596
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok‐Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade,

General Description

Bill Innes, Sgt John Swift, Dvr Bishop & Sgt Hinnrichsen
Bill Innes, Sgt John Swift, Dvr Bishop & Sgt Hinnrichsen – Adelaide.

Innes and Bishop did not live to return to Australia.

 

The above was included ‘Daily News’ 12 Sep 1945 – the article wrote of numerous communications between freed POWs and their loved ones.

John Swift was recovered from Saigon at the end of the war. Note the article says John was in Rangoon (Burma) which seems unusual – however freed POWs were sometimes able to get themselves onto flights other than to Singapore via Bangkok, which was the most used route for Australian POWs returning to Perth.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
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