The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Kenmir
First Name:
Robert Henry
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16340
Company:
'D' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
3.09.1941
Discharged:
13.06.1946
DOB:
18.04.1904
Place of Birth:
Durham, England
Father's Name:
James Wright Kenmir
Mothers's Name:
Rose Ann Kenmir (McGuire)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
POW#:
1534
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

Kenmir wedding
Kenmir wedding

 

Was a mate of MacDonald WX17566

Both Kenmir and MacDonald were in ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.  Read further about ‘A’ Force.

In December 1943 when railway was completed the Japanese began moving all POWs in Burma south into one of about 4 or 5 large Camps, some of which were hospital camps.  Kenmire remained at Tamarkan until the end of the war and MacDonald was sent to Nakom Nayok Hospital Camp until the end of war when he was evacuated to Bangkok before flying to Singapore.

MacDonald died 30 May 1951.

Robert Kenmir’s parents James Wright Kenmir and Rose Ann McGuire married about 1890 Durham.  James was a coal miner.  Robert was one of about 6 children, he had at lest 3 older siblings.

He arrived at Fremantle from London on ‘Ballarat’ November 1929 at the age of 25 years.  His occupation was recorded as miner.

When he enlisted Robert Kenmire was working for E.J. Adams, South Karlgarin (Beverley region) as a labourer.

It is believed he married Elsie Rogie in 1941.

After the war the couple remained living in WA.  In 1963 Robert was working as a hospital orderly and they lived in Mt Hawthorn.  In June 1964 Robert Kenmir died aged 60 years. He was cremated at Karrakatta.  Elsie lived until 1980 and died aged 80 years at Mt Hawthorn.  She was also cremated at Karrakatta.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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