The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Elliott
First Name:
Edwin Finlay
Nick Name:
Ed
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX5064
Classification:
Driver to Captain Jack Thompson
Company:
‘C’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
4.12.1945
DOB:
4.03.1917
Place of Birth:
Footscray, Victoria
Father's Name:
Edwin Finlay Elliott
Mothers's Name:
Alice Victoria Elliott
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck and Tractor Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); Great World and River Valley Road Camps; Selarang Barracks Changi; Sime Road Camp; Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome; X3 Party; Changi Gaol Camp
Force:
‘H’ Force Thailand, 'H' Force Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II Malayan Hamlet, Kanchanaburi (6 weeks in hospital)
POW#:
3 /7684 & 14122
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne-Adelaide-Perth by troop train

General Description

Ted Elliot, Clarrie Henderson, Stewy Smith (kneeling) & Chris McLennan
Ted Elliott, Clarrie Henderson, Stewy Smith (kneeling) & Chris McLennan

 

Rear L - R ---, Tony Hampton, ---, Les Kemp, Norm Ablett, ..., Jack Kyrios, Ted Elliot. Front L - R, Jim Gilmour, John Gilmour, ---, Ron Badock, Jim Elliot.
Rear L – R Syd Harper (Perth), Tom Hampton, Reg Miller, Les Kemp, Norm Ablett, …, Jack Kyrios, Ted Elliott.
Front L – R, Jim Gilmour, John Gilmour, Ken Tucker,  Ron Badock, Jim Elliot.

 

Ted Elliot, Taxi, Orange, NSW, Dec 1945.
Ted Elliott, Taxi, Orange, NSW, Dec 1945.

 

Singapore 1942 Battle ground as of 1992

Singapore 1942 Battlefield as per 1992.

Ted Elliot, Bullfinch
Ted Elliott, Bullfinch

 

Ted as driver to Captain Jack Thompson WX3448 who was executed by the Imperial Japanese Army on 19 February 1942.

He was selected at Singapore for H Force Group No. 3 to work on the Thai-Burma Railway, departing by train on 8 May 1943 and travelled to Bampong, Thailand.

It is not clear whether Ted got as far as Malay Hamlet.   It appears he became ill when ‘H’ Force Group 3 reached Kanchanaburi and spent 6 weeks in hospital before being placed on light duties working between Tarso and Kanchanburi camps.

When the railway was completed Ted was first sent to Sime Road, Singapore 1 January 1944 working at Changi aerodrome before joining X3 Party which worked in the Tanglin-Woodlands area digging tunnels.

He was recovered from Changi on 4 September 1945 returning to Darwin from  Singapore on the ‘Arawa’ which then sailed to Brisbane then onto Sydney.  From Sydney it was train to Melbourne, another to Adelaide where he met up with his wife, before heading back to Melbourne where he was eventually discharged.

 

Ted passed away aged 86yrs, July 27 2004, at Bassendean, WA.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Aerodrome - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Great World - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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