The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Cough
First Name:
Alfred John
Rank:
Major
Regimental #:
WX3444
Company:
'D' Company Headquarters, Commanding Officer.
Enlisted:
21.10.1940
DOB:
18.01.1906
Place of Birth:
Busselton, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Henry James Cough
Mothers's Name:
Florence Mabel Cough
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Building Contractor
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Officer Commanding Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Sime Road Camps, Selerang Barracks Camp Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand Commanding Officer of V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi Hindaine, Kuii, Non Pladuk, Kanchanaburi, Bangkok
POW#:
4/4083
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Rangoon by aircraft, Rangoon-Singapore, HMT Highland Brigade, Singapore (6.10.1945)-Labuan-Morotai-Queensland by aircraft, Queensland-Perth by ANA aircraft.

General Description

Alf Cough was the Militia for several years before enlisting in AIF and was close mate with Ted Feltham.

On the death of Lt-Col Anketell, Major Alfred John Cough was promoted to Battalion Second in Command.

His appointment was terminated 18/1/1946.

EPSON MFP image
Major Alf Cough 1943

 

Gough cartoon

Read further ‘D’ Force Thailand,  V Battalion

Also read about Hindaine Camp

 

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:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
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