The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- William Alexander
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'E' Company, Special Reserve Battalion, No. 3 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- North Fremantle, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Charles Henry McEwen
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary 'Mollie' Catherine McEwen
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Orchard Worker
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Petchaburi, Linson Wood Camp, Nacompaton
- Camps Burma:
- Reptu 30km (medical orderly 26.3.1943)
- 3070, 12173
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa.
At Singapore POW McEwen was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3 Battalion sailing from Singapore May 1942 and heading to the south-west coast of Burma. ‘A’ Force was made up of 3,000 POWs.
Green Force was 1,000 POWs, including a large number of 2/4th men – were first to leave ships at Victoria Point where they would spend several months repairing and enlarging aerodrome before making their way to the northern most point of rail link. They began work on the rail 1st October 1942 at Kendau 4.8km Camp.
The POWs of ‘A’ Force would remain working in Burma until end December 1943 – after which the Japanese began moving all POWs south into Thailand into one of several large camps.
26 March 1943 from Thetkaw Camp, McEwen was sent to Reptu Hospital Camp to be a medical orderly. He was returned to Auggangung from where he was evacuated south to Thailand to Tamarkan Camp.
He was sent to Phetburi Camp from here and was recovered from Nacompaton Camp, Thailand at the end of the war.
In 1946 McEwen married Thelma N. Low. The best man was Laurie Kearney WX17452, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion who incredibly was one of the very few to survive the sinking of ‘Rakuyo Maru’ in South China Sea in 1944.
Sadly, Charles Henry McEwen died January 1950.
Charles Henry McEwen served in WW1.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Petchaburi - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma