The Soldier's Details

Surname:
MacDonald
First Name:
John Kenneth Alexander
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17566
Company:
Headquarters Company, No 3 Platoon.
Enlisted:
5.11.1941
Discharged:
15.07.1946
DOB:
8.02.1913
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alexander MacDonald
Mothers's Name:
Harriet MacDonald
Religion:
Church of Christ
Pre-war Occupation:
Locomotive Driver & Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Ye, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
POW#:
1518
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa.

General Description

MacDonald was with 28th Btn Militia prior to joining 2/4th.

John was selected to work on the Burma end of the BurmaThai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.  The first Force to leave Singapore, 3000 POWs left on three ships from Singapore  on 15 May 1942 to sail to south west Burma.  Green Force landed at Victoria Point for several months to repair and enlarge the aerodrome, then to Tavoy and Ye before making their way to the northern most point of the rail link.  They started working 1 October 1942 at Kendau 4.8km Camp.

Please read about ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Btn

John MacDonald remained in Burma until 3 January 1944 when he was moved to Tamarkan, Thailand – the Japanese moving all of the POWs from Burma south to one of the large camps in Thailand.

Read John MacDonald being transported to Bangkok.  

He had received bad knee injury at Bangkok.

John MacDonald married in 1930 to Kathleen Nyland McNamara at Pemberton.  At that time John was employed as a mill hand.  His parents were residing at No. 8 Group Settlement, Pemberton.

In 1936 John and Kathleen were residing at 20 Vivian St, Kalgoorlie and John employed as a miner.  After the war, John returned to Kalgoorlie and with his wife Kathleen residing at 18 Vivian Street, and worked as a miner.

John died 30 May 1951, aged 43 years.  Too young.

 

 

 

Below:  Less than 12 months later, John’s brother
Robert died in an accident.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • 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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