The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Charles Gill
- Nick Name:
- Scotty - Jock
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company, 11 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Ayreshire, Scotland
- Father's Name:
- Not Known
- Mothers's Name:
- Not Known
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Baru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘ D ’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanu II, Chungkai
- 1/7669, 3/7743 and 8778
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle HMT Moreton Bay
Jock was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion which departed by train for Bampong, Thailand on 14th March 1943.
Following the 5 day horror train journey S Battalion was accommodated at Konma Transit Camp near Bampong before being trucked to Kanchanaburi where after a brief stopover, rhe men marched to Tarsau Camp, HQ for S Battalion. The POWs worked here clearing the way for the construction of the railway before moving to Kanyu II Camp, in the midst of the Hellfire Pass cutting.
It was here the men confronted and lived with the worst of ‘speedo’ and monsoonal rains – little food, no medicines for injuries and tropical injuries including ulcers which would eat away at flesh, long working hours without shoes and clothes, cholera and beatings.
We cannot be sure where Jock was working, there are no records except we know basically where S Battalion worked.
It seems Jock became ill and was sent to Chungkai, which was a large medical camp and would have been recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.
After the war Jock married Evelyn May.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore