The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Harris
First Name:
Norman Joseph
Nick Name:
Norm
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX4985
Company:
‘ B ’ Company, No. 9 Platoon. (Platoon Sgt)
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
22.05.1946
DOB:
23.10.1910
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Clara Matilda Harris
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Construction
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp)
Force:
‘ J ’ Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa‐Denki), Nagoya (15.2.1945-28.5.1945); Toyama (28.5.1945-5.9.1945)
POW#:
587
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama-Okinawa‐Manila by aircraft; Manila-Sydney, B24 Liberator aircraft; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Perth by ANA airliner

General Description

This NCO was evacuated to Field Ambulance then to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with headache on 2/2/1941.  He was discharged from hospital to a rest home but he became lost and joined ‘B’ Company Headquarters, remaining with them until he rejoined No. 9 Platoon at  Botantical Gardens on 12/2/1942.

Norman was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Read about Showa-Denki Factory, Kobe.

 

Following Kobe and working at Showa-Denki Factory, Norm and one other from 2/4th, Arthur Draper were moved to Nagoya Camp whilst the remaining men moved to Toyama.  After three months and in May 1945 Norm and Arthur Harris were moved to Toyama until the end of the war.  Please read about this.

On returning to WA, Norm spent time at Lady Mitchell Convalescent home.  He required treatment to his eyes which had suffered due to vitamin deficiency.  Read Further.

Died 1970 Caloundra.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Nagoya - Japan
  • Toyama, Nagoya #7-B - Japan
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