The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Kingdon
First Name:
John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX15700
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
11.08.1941
DOB:
7.04.1916
Place of Birth:
Mandurah, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Roger Audley Kingdon
Mothers's Name:
Alice Maud Kingdon
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
School Teacher
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 23, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
POW#:
3/8420
Cause of Death:
Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Place of Death:
Kanchanaburi
Date of Death:
13.10.1943

General Description

John Kingdom was a 2/4th reinforcement and joined ‘E’ Company.  He was one of the very fortunate to survive the South West Bukit Timah Japanese ambush on 11 February 1942. About 88 of  200 soldiers survived.

Please read about ‘E’ Company

Tragically John’s luck did not last.  He was selected in Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion.  This battalion had one of the highest death rates on the line.

Read further about ‘D’ Force V Battalion

 

Kingdonm, John

 

 

Photograph taken January 2018.  C. Mellor

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
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