The Soldier's Details

Surname:
New
First Name:
Frank Henry
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX5196
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon
Enlisted:
26.07.1940
DOB:
7.11.1902
Place of Birth:
Gloucestershire, England
Father's Name:
John Henry New
Mothers's Name:
Caroline New
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Cook
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A4, Row A, Grave 6, Age 40.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Thetkaw, Kendau, Meiloe, Angganung, Khonkan
POW#:
2907
Cause of Death:
Post Leg Amputation
Place of Death:
Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp
Date of Death:
21.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 201, Khonkan

General Description

Frank was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.

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Frank was evacuated to Khonkan on 4.7.1943. Two tropical ulcers had developed on his lower right leg, one about 3″ X 2″ and another 1″ x 1.5″ . The leg was amputated above the knee on 16 September 1943.   This time frame confirms Frank’s ulclers had deteriorated to the point where his life was threatened without an operation.   Tragically Frank died post operation, as so many patients did.   He was also suffering from malaria and dysentery at the time of his death.

Read further about Khonkan Camp, Burma.

 

Frank New arrived in WA 27 November 1928 on ‘Oronsay’ from London.  He was 29 years old, and recorded his occupation as farm labourer.  It is possible Frank lowered his age to meet the maximum age criteria for enlistment.

In 1931 Electoral Role he was recorded working as farm hand at Coomerdale, located between Moora and Watheroo.

 

Below:  Daisy New with her sons from a former marriage.  Daisy and her first husband sailed from England to WA.

 

 

In 1935 Frank married Daisy Grace Eldridge (nee Wilkes).  The couple were recorded in 1936 and 1937 at Post Office Dining Rooms, Mandurah.  They offered home-cooked pies and pasties, fish and chips, cool drinks and ices.

Below:  The Mandurah Post Office Dining Rooms is written up as is Bryan Manwaring’s parents business.  Manwaring enlisted Aug 1940 and joined ‘C’ Coy. Bryan was fortunate to survive to return home.  Both New and Manwaring were in Burma with Green Force No. 3 Battalion.  Manwaring was initially selected with ‘Rakuyo’ Maru Party for Japan – but he remained behind in Saigon because he was sick.  ‘Rakuyo’ Maru was sunk by American submarines Sept 1944 with a huge loss of lives.

 

Frank was again recorded at same address for 1943, however not Daisy.

Daisy died 6 June 1963.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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