The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Ferrie
First Name:
Charles Gill
Nick Name:
Scotty - Jock
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX5217
Company:
‘C’ Company, 11 Platoon
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
19.12.1945
DOB:
15.11.1901
Place of Birth:
Ayreshire, Scotland
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Stationhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Baru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘ D ’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Chungkai
POW#:
1/7669, 3/7743 and 8778
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

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.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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