The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Smith
First Name:
Harold Mervyn
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17448
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
27.10.1941
Discharged:
11.01.1946
DOB:
16.02.1922
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alexander Smith
Mothers's Name:
Christina Miller Smith
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Changi Gaol Camp (21.7.1944)
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin‐Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney‐Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

Soldier was listd as missing following the ambush at South-West Bukit Timah.

Smith escaped to Sumatra where he was imprisoned  at Padang, Gloe Gloer Camp. He was moved to Singapore with the Hirukiku Maru Party.

He suffered a burst appendix and probably the reason he was evacuated to Changi and  did not return to Sumatra with the other 2/4th men.

Read about the sinking of Harukiki Maru

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Gloe Gloer Camp - Sumatra
  • Padang - Sumatra **
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