The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Doust
First Name:
Owen Alfred
Nick Name:
Snowy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17881
Company:
‘A’ Company, No. 6 Platoon.
Enlisted:
4.12.1941
Discharged:
31.01.1946
DOB:
21.05.1922
Place of Birth:
Bridgetown, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Leonard Harold Doust
Mothers's Name:
Ellen Doust
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi; Great World, Havelock Road and River Valley Road Camps; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II,Kanu 1 River Camp (evacuated by barge to Tarsau with typhus), Tardan, Konkoita, Kinsaiyok, Tarsau, Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kachu Mountain Camp, Bangkok
POW#:
8770
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Back L-R: Jim Gilmour, Colin Rainbow. Front L-R: Frank Thaxter, Greg Burdon, Owen Doust After Release1945
Back L-R: Jim Gilmour, Colin Rainbow.
Front L-R: Frank Thaxter, Greg Burdon, Owen Doust
After Release1945.

 

From Singapore Owen Doust was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion which departed by train on 14 March 1943.  He is recorded as being at the following camps:

Tarsau, Kanu 2, Kanu 1 ‘River Camp -evacuated by river barge to  Tarsau (Japanese HQ for ‘D’ Force) hospital with typhus, then to  Tardan, Konkreita, Kinsayok, Tamakan, Chungkai before going to Kachu Mountain Phetburi Camp.  He was recovered from Phetburi at the end of the war.

 

 

‘Snowy’ was very good mates with Elliott Alfred Alexander Watt ‘Snow’ Watts WX8502

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Havelock Road Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Tardan - Thailand
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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