The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Feltham
First Name:
Edward Thomas
Nick Name:
Ted
Rank:
Warrant Officer Class 2 (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX225
Company:
‘D’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
11.12.1940
Discharged:
21.02.1946
DOB:
16.05.1909
Place of Birth:
Southern Cross, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Watt Feltham
Mothers's Name:
Martha Agnes Feltham
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Joiner’s Mate
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tonchan, Kanu II, Kanu I River Camp (evacuated with typhus 11.7.1943), Tarsau (evacuated on 8/8/1943) Chungkai, Tamuang, Tamarkan, Nacompaton, Clumphon, Nacompaton.
POW#:
1/7663 and 8715
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia

General Description

Ted Feltham with with the Militia several years prior to enlisting with the AIF.  He was close mates with Alf Cough.

 

Feltham was wounded at Buona Vista on 15 Feb 1942 and admitted to 2/9th Field Ambulance with a shrapnel wound to his left foot.  Transferred to Roberts Barracks and discharged in June 1942 to Convalescent Depot at Selarang and joined unit in August 1942.

From Selarang,  Feltham was selected to work on  Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion, departing Singapore Railway Station for Bampong, Thailand on 16th March 1943.

From Komna Transit Camp near to Bampong, the Battalion was trucked to Kanchanaburi where they stayed briefly before marching to Tarsau Camp (HQ for S Battalion).

He was recovered from Nacompaton Camp, Thailand on 20 August 1945.

He died on 2nd October 1995.

 

“22 June 1998

There were two people who made a great impact on my life when I was in my early teens. Alf Cough and Ted Feltham. These two were great mates and both in the militia before the war. I believe Alf was a Lieutenant and Ted a

Sergeant QM.

Ted was a foreman cabinetmaker; Alf never served an apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner but was accepted as a top tradesman. Alf always had the ability to rise up as a leader in any path in life.

At this time I was an apprenticed carpenter and joiner, with 3-4 years completed of a 5-year course. Ted worked for Rosenbergs, Corner of Vincent and Beaufort Streets, Mt Lawley.

I boarded with his parents at 39 Lawley Street, Mt Lawley as I had come from Harvey to get a job in the city. Ted got me a job there and then moved on to work for a builder A. House, 44 Fairfield St, Mt Hawthorn as Foreman Cabinetmaker. Now Ted knew he did not have the knowledge required to be a foreman of a joiner’s shop as A. House wanted him to be, so Ted took me with him to Mt Hawthorn.

This is where Alf came in as Foreman of the Joiner’s shop and made a great impression on all the staff and his new boss. Alf came from Mussen & Sons, another Builder & Joiner. As a 4th year apprentice Alf made a great impression on me.

WWII came and people were joining up and leaving work. Alf heard the news and was off. Because of his high standing no-one would take on his job. Although I was a 4TH year apprentice, he asked me, and I did.

As soon as Alf got into the military he wanted Ted to join. Ted was a Sergeant and had to go along with Alf as a Private. Next thing I heard Ted had his stripes again and away they went.

Ted had a brother Mike who also left the Light Horse and served with 2/3rd. Both Feltham brothers and Alf came back.

On his return Alf became Chief Architect of the Housing Commission. Years later and following his retirement I heard he was reversing out of his driveway at home and was killed during a collision.

Ted was a Masonic Man, a senior man in the Druids and a great RSL person who always attended RSL Congresses. Currently Ted’s large portrait photograph hangs in the Tuart Hill RSL hall where he was President over many years. Ted lived over the road in Main Street. I helped him build his house.

Bill Hopton

Duncraig 6023

Bill enlisted in the 2/7 Artillery, 9 Division Borneo.

In 1998 he was Chairman of 2/7 and President of North Beach RSL.”

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chumphon - Thailand
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Tonchan, 139k - Thailand
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