The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Thomas
First Name:
Archibald William
Nick Name:
Archie
Rank:
Captain
Regimental #:
WX3424
Company:
‘A’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
21.11.1940
Discharged:
11.12.1945
DOB:
8.08.1904
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Horace Thomas
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Thomas
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Bank Officer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion.
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Bangkok, Nacompaton, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aunggaaung 105km, Reptu 30km Camp
POW#:
1287
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade, Singapore‐Darwin‐Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Thomas was a former Scotch College Student

He married May Piper about 1927.

This Officer was appointed as Commanding Officer of ‘A’ Company on Major Saggers taking command of the Special Reserve Battalion in 1942, Singapore.

Officer’s Appointment Terminated 11/12/1945.

 

Height 5′ 11″

Thomas was selected as a POW Singapore with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.

He was at Reptu Hospital Camp – however it is unknown whether he was sick or working there.

A’ Force story

When the rail link was completed about end of 1943, the Japanese sent all POWs working on Burma end of railway to Thailand, to one of several large camps.

Thomas was sent to Tamarkan, later Chungkai, Bangkok, and was at Nacompaton when the war ended.  From Bangkok he took a flight to Rangoon.  From Rangoon sailed ‘Highland Brigade to Singapore.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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