The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Livingstone
First Name:
John Scott
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17759
Company:
‘E’ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
24.11.1941
DOB:
18.07.1922
Place of Birth:
Queenstown, Cork, Ireland
Father's Name:
Robert Livingstone
Mothers's Name:
Ellen May Livingstone
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Plasterer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row J, Grave 68, Age 21.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thompson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi & Garden Control Party
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Burma:
Tarsau, Konyu 2, Hintok,Tarsau
POW#:
8801
Cause of Death:
Malaria and Tropical Ulcers
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
4.09.1943
Buried:
Cemetery No. 2, Grave No. 180, Tarsau.

General Description

John enlisted 24 November 1941and joined 2/4th reinforcements ‘E’ Company.  He was one of the lucky to survive the Japanese ambush at South West Bukit Timah on 11 February 1942.

Please read further about ‘E’ Company.

He was selected at a POW at Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion.  This Battalion included a very large number of 2/4th men which departed Singapore railway station on 14 March 1942.  It was a four day train journey to Thailand in very cramped conditions.

 

Their first work camp was Tarsau where they were required to clear land for rail line.  This work was not so demanding.  Their next camp was Konyu 2 where the men immediately knew life would be a living hell.  They used hammer and tap to clear the rock for the rail with little or no clothing and most without shoes. Their sleeping accommodation was terrible, food minimal and men subjected to beatings for no reason.  Men fell ill with tropical diseases previously unknown.  Without medical supplies, the deaths increased.  Typhoid arrived.

From Konyu II the POWs were moved to several camps – Kinsaiyok, Hintok or elsewhere in the ‘D’ Force section of railway.

Please read about ‘D’ Force S Battalion

It is not known from where John was evacuated to Tarsau Hospital Camp.  He died of malaria and tropical ulcers on 4 September 1943 aged 21 years.

 

Livingstone

 

Livingston John Scott

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Kanu 111, Kannyu, 152.50km - Thailand
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