The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Taylor
First Name:
James Templeton
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX4921
Classification:
Armourer
Company:
Attached to 2/4th, Australian Army Ordnance Corps
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
DOB:
12.11.1905
Place of Birth:
Dunkeld, Scotland
Father's Name:
James Templeton Taylor
Mothers's Name:
Catherine Taylor (nee McFarlane)
Religion:
Church of Scotland
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A13, Row A, Grave 19, Age 37.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘F’ Force Thailand
POW#:
4/4598
Cause of Death:
Beri-Beri and Pneumonia
Place of Death:
Kami Sonkurai
Date of Death:
11.07.1943
Buried:
No. 3 Cemetery, Grave No. 22, Kami Sonkurai.

General Description

 

 

 

Below: Correspondence to his father from AIF.

 

 

James’ parents James Templeton (Snr) married 1902 Dunkeld, Scotland to Catherine McFarlane.  It is unknown if there were other children. Catherine died in 1957 at Dunkleld and James (Snr) died Dunkeld in 1958.

James Taylor arrived 8 February 1927 from London on ‘Otranto’ aged 23 years.  His occupation was recorded as ‘shepherd’.

In 1931 Electoral Roll James is recorded residing in Narrogin and working as a labourer.

James married in Sydney 8 January 1942 to ‘Phyllis Heffernan, Hairdresser of Paddington’.

Phyllis was born Phyllis Kathleen Sutton and her marriage to Taylor was her third!

It is sincerely  hoped James Taylor never discovered the truth about his marriage and bride, and that he was able to dream  whilst a POW of Japan, about a special person to come home to.

 

 

Taylor enlisted July 1940. Sergeant  Taylor was an armourer with Australian Army Ordinance Corps (as was WX15099 Sergeant C. T. Howe) and attached to 2/4th.  He was sent to Royal Park, Victoria for training.

Taylor was selected with ‘F’ Force to work on the Burma-Thai RailwayPlease read further about ‘F’ Force

He died of beri beri and pneumonia at Kami Sonkurai, aged 37 years.    His body was later interred and laid to rest at Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Burma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Height 5′ 6″

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
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