The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Green
First Name:
Charles Edward
Nick Name:
EB
Rank:
Major (promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel, Commanding Officer of 2/4th MG Btn, on the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Anketell
Regimental #:
WX3435
Awards:
Member of the British Empire, Mentioned in Despatches
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
11.11.1940
Discharged:
11.01.1946
DOB:
30.07.1902
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Charles Edward Green
Mothers's Name:
Eliza Bassett Green
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Warehouse Manager at Fauldings Pty Ltd
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion (Commanding Officer)
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kanchanaburi, Petchaburi, Kachu Mountain Camp
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km,
POW#:
1284
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Major Green was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Anketell.  In his capacity as Commanding Officer of 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion and Green Force he was taken by the Japanese and placed into solitary confinement for refusing to sign a no escape declaration.  He was sent to Thanbyuzayat and was not released until he had signed this document which he did under duress.

On his release on 12 October 1942 he rejoined his POW workforce, Green Force No. 3 Battalion, in the rubber plantation at Kendau, the 4.8 km Camp.  The Japanese HQ was also at Kendau.

At wars end Lt. Col. Green was called upon to lead a liaison mission to Ubon near the Thai-Laotian border. Upon completion he returned to Bangkok and was assigned the task of commanding all Allied ex-POWs in the Petchaburi-Kachu Mountain area before returning to Singapore.

Centre & RightL:  Green and Wedge October 1945 on ship ‘Highland Brigade’ sailing home with Capt Hill on Left.

 

Green Lt-Col
Green Lt-Col

For further reading about Green Force No. 3 Battalion

 

Charles Edward Green died in approximately 1987.  It is thought his family held a private funeral and little detail is known.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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