The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Spouse
First Name:
Sydney Francis
Nick Name:
Syd
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX13553
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
24.05.1941
DOB:
19.01.1921
Place of Birth:
Subiaco, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Stanley Garfield Spouse
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Valetine Mathson Spouse (nee Oxman)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row K, Grave 7, Age 22.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Kanu II
POW#:
3/9609 & 8849
Cause of Death:
Heart Failure
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
13.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 261. Cemetery No. 2. Tarsau

General Description

Kanchanaburi January 2018 (C. Mellor)

 

 

Above was printed in 1947.

Spouse

 

Syd enlisted 24 May 1941 and joined 2/4th MGB as a reinforcement with ‘A’ Company.  Following the Allied surrender  to Japan, Syd became a POW and working with various work parties for the Japanese.  He was at Selarang Camp, Thomson Road, River Valle Road Camp and then Selarang Barracks before being to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion which departed Singapore Railway Station about 14 March 1943.  S Battalion included a large number of 2/4th men and their work camps were centred around Hellfire Pass.  Work was strenuous and conditions brutal.    The men were underfed, bashed by their guards, subjected to disease and illnesses for which they have no medicines and initially their doctors had little knowledge of.

Within 5 months of working on the railway, Syd Spouse died of heart failure at Kanu II.  He was just 22 years old.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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