The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Cameron
First Name:
Colin
Rank:
Major (Promoted 14.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX3451
Awards:
Mentioned in Despatches
Company:
'C' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
5.12.1940
Discharged:
6.02.1946
DOB:
13.09.1900
Place of Birth:
Digby, Victoria
Father's Name:
George Alexander Voege
Mothers's Name:
Flora Ann Voege
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi (Market Garden)
Force:
A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chunkau, Kanchanburi
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Kendau, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Thanbyuzat, Reptu 30km Camp from Aungganaung 105km Camp 28.10.1943
POW#:
2613
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Rangoon-Singapore-Perth by aircraft

General Description

 

This Officer was promoted on the death of Lt-Col M.J. Anketell.

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WX3451 Major Colin Cameron MID

His Majesty the King has been graciously pleased to approve of the award Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished service in Malaya 1942.

Honour or Award recommended:  Mentioned in Despatches

Date of London Gazette:  1st August 1946

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  12th September 1946

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Colin Cameron was born George Voege in 1900 at Digby, Victoria.

On 17/10/1916, Voege enlisted with the 4th Light Horse in Melbourne.  He was supposedly 18 years of age, however with a birth year of 1900 it is more likely this young man who stood 5’10” was 16-17 years of age!  In fact he had celebrated his 16th birthday a month earlier.

Trooper George Clowes Voege No. 1563A served with 3rd Camel Regiment also 9th and 4th Australian Light Horse Regiments.   To this day, the 4th Light Horse Battalion continues to be recognised for their successful attack on Beersheba on 31 October 1917 against fortified Turkish positions following days and nights riding across the desert.  Voege/Cameron was on regimental strength when the mounted charge took place.   He later suffered a gunshot wound, living the remainder of his life with a bullet lodged in his spine.   George embarked for Australia on 15/6/1919.

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Following end of WWI, and in 1931 George Voege changed his name to Colin Cameron, seemingly cutting ties with his Germanic background.

On moving to WA from Victoria Colin became a member of 10th Light Horse Militia.  When enlisting for WW2 he lowered his age by 12 months (this was not uncommon amongst enlistments!).  He initially joined  2/16th Battalion, attended NCO School Randwick and was discharged.  He wasn’t able to carry heavy loads due to a bullet lodged in base of his spine.

He then joined  2/4th and became ‘C’ Company Commanding Officer.

From Singapore Major Colin Cameron was selected with ‘A’ Force Burma to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  The 3,000 men of  ‘A’ Force was formed by Brigadier A.L. Varley –  becoming 3 Battalions of about 1,000 men each. Cameron was appointed 2 i/c of No. 3 Battalion. The men had no idea of their destination.

Colin Cameron provided strong leadership to POWs of ‘A’ Force, particularly when conditions were at their worst and POWs worked on the Burma end of the Railway.  There they found wet weather, working conditions and living conditions in the Camps worse than any man could have envisaged.  They faced starvation, life-threatening tropical illnesses with no medical supplies or facilities.

 

Colin was a POW at the following camps:

Victoria Point

Tavoy

Kendau 4.8 km

Thetkaw 14 km

Meiloe 75 km

Ankanan105 km

Thanbyuzat

Reptu 30 km

Ankanan 105 km

Tamarkan April 1944

Bangkok released 20 Aug 1945

Returned to Australia by air on 6 October 1945

Discharged 6 Feb 1946

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After the war Colin Cameron was able to serve his community with his leadership skills.

Memorial to Officer in Charge of Jerramungup Corackerup War Service Settlement Scheme.

After World War Two there was a food shortage and Mr G.E.Wellard a member of the local Road Board proposed to the Director of the Department of Agriculture that the local area`s crown lands would be suitable for a soldier settlement scheme. The Director required proof the clover and cereals could be grown on the land and for the next few years experimental crops were grown. In 1953 Colin Cameron arrived as officer in Charge of the Jerramungup Corackerup War Service Settlement Scheme. Under his guidance the scheme became a much larger project than originally planned and the hinterland around Albany developed quickly.

Front Inscription of the War Memorial, Jerramungup

LEST WE FORGET.

This plaque is erected by the Shire of Jerramungup in memory of Colin Cameron who was Officer in Charge of War Service Land Settlement in this area from 1953 to 1963 and also to remind those who come after that it was the great organising ability and determination displayed by this man that was largely responsible for the successful development of the Jerramungup, Corackerup, Gairdner River W.S.L.S Scheme.

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Colin Cameron died on Anzac Day 1968.

 

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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