The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Joseph Lewis
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'B' Company Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- West Melbourne, Victoria
- Father's Name:
- Douglas Lonsdale
- Mothers's Name:
- Blanche Emily Lonsdale
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Sales Assistant
- Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
- 'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Brankassi, Non Pladuk
- Camps Japan:
- Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
- Aramis Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Nagasaki-Okinawa, USS Cape Gloucester, Okinawa-Manila, details unknown, Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.
Lew was one of the fortunate of ‘D’ Force V Battalion to survive working on the Burma-Thai Railway. V Battalion had one of the highest death rates on the line. 50%. Please read about this Battalion.
Not only was Lew lucky to survive the railway, he was sent to Non Pladuk when the railway was completed. It was here he was selected by the Japanese to work in Japan.
He was sent to Omuta 17. Omuta was a hell-hole – run by ‘American Mafia’. Please read further.
Returning to WA after the war, Lew married in 1946 to Marie Jean Waters in Perth. In 1954 Electoral Role Marie and Lew were residing in South Perth, he was recorded as ‘trainee’.
Several years later Lew moved to Queensland.
Lew passed away aged 78, December 31 2002, Upper Fern Tree
Gully, Vic. He was a insurance broker.
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
- Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
- Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
- Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
- Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
- Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan