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 Swift (nee Arnold)
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 Bangkok at the end of the war.

Note the article says John was in Rangoon (Burma) which is unusual – however former POWs were sometimes able to get themselves onto flights other than to Singapore via Bangkok.

John and Joyce marry 1946.

 

John Swift died 3 May 1995.  His wife Joyce died 2006 Booragoon.

 

His parents Cecil Swift and Hilda Rachel Arnold married 1915 in Perth.  Cecil died in 1957 aged 70 years and Hilda died 1971 at Bentley aged 83 years.  Cecil and Hilda were buried Karrakatta.

 

Cecil Swift migrated from Liverpool to Sydney in 1909 aged 23 years.

 

Below:  death of Cecil’s grandparents and parents to Hilda (nee Arnold)

 

 

 

Joyce’s parents, Minnie Fletcher died in 1956 and  Samuel Fletcher died in 1959.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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