The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lonsdale
First Name:
Joseph Lewis
Nick Name:
Lew
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16727
Company:
'B' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
24.09.1941
Discharged:
29.04.1946
DOB:
15.05.1923
Place of Birth:
West Melbourne, Victoria
Father's Name:
Douglas Lonsdale
Mothers's Name:
Blanche Emily Lonsdale
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Sales Assistant
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Brankassi, Non Pladuk
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
POW#:
627
Japan:
Aramis Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Okinawa, USS Cape Gloucester, Okinawa-Manila, details unknown, Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.

General Description

Dennis Lane & Lew Lonsdale
Dennis Lane (died January 1945 Sandakan) and Lew Lonsdale

 

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.

 

Adelaide 1993-
Adelaide 1993 Reunion.

 

 

 

Lew passed away aged 78, December 31 2002, Upper Fern Tree

Gully, Vic.  He was a insurance broker.

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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