The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Oswald
First Name:
Henry Christopher
Nick Name:
Also known as Hugh Christopher Oswald
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16931
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
22.07.1941
DOB:
5.02.1921
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Andrew Oswald
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Timber Worker
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 29, Age 21.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘ D ’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Kuii, Kanchanaburi
POW#:
1/8897 & 2281
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
No. 3 Base Hospital, Kanchanaburi
Date of Death:
7.11.1943
Buried:
Kanchanaburi Cemetery

General Description

Soldier was a stowaway on the HMT Aquitania at Fremantle on 16.1.1942.  Oswald was transferred to the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion on 16.1.1942, (Routine Order 5/1791 of 28.1.1942) from the 2/16th Battalion reinforcements. Soldier was shell shocked and was admitted to the 2/9th Field Ambulance on 15.2.1942. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 16.2.1942. Discharged to unit on 21.2.1942.

Hugh Oswald was selected with ‘D’ Force V Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway. V Battalion departed Singapore on 17th March 1943 for the 4-5 day hellish train journey to Bampong, Thailand.  He was to first work at Kinsaiyok Camp, before going to Brankassi, Hindaine and it is probably he was evacuated with a number of sick on 11th August from Kuii Camp.

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Oswald, Hugh Christopher

Photograph taken January 2018

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Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
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