The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Willacott
First Name:
Leslie George
Nick Name:
Les (a.k.a. Leslie George Willacott Williams)
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6071
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
30.07.1940
DOB:
2.06.1907
Place of Birth:
Cardiff, Wales
Father's Name:
George Lewis Williams
Mothers's Name:
Olive Williams (nee Mansfield)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Fettler
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 60, Age 36.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan.
Camps Burma:
Ye (appendix operation 20.9.1942), Victoria Point, Mergui,
POW#:
3137
Cause of Death:
Malaria and Dysentery
Place of Death:
Tamarkan Hospital
Date of Death:
7.02.1944
Buried:
Grave No. 628, Tamarkan

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan on 12.2.1942. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with a gun shot wound to his right leg. Discharged to unit on 21.2.1942.

 

Les was selected in Singapore to work on the Thai-Burma Railway with ‘A’ Force Green Force – the Burma end.  ‘A’ Force was made up of 3,000 Australian POWs who sailed from Singapore arriving at Victoria Point on 21 May 1942 where they worked for months repairing and extending the airfield.  Green force then departed 6 August for Tavoy and then Ye.  It is not known whether Les took sick before arriving at Ye, or whether he was evacuated there from another Camp.

Without records, we assume Les caught up with Green Force at the start of the Railway at Kendau 4.8km Camp where they remained until end of December 1945.  Green Force moved to Thetkaw 14km Camp on 1 December 1942 and stayed until 28 March 1943. From Thetkaw they moved to NMeiloe 75km Camp from 28 March 1943 to 11 May 1943, then Aungganaung 105km from 11 May to December 1943.  With the railway completed, Green Force and all the POWs working on the Burma end of the Railway were evacuated south to one of the 4 large camps.  Les was sent to Tamarkan.  He may well have been sick before leaving 105km Camp.

Les died of malaria and dysentery on 7 February 1944, he was aged 36 years.

Funeral service conducted by Padre J. W. K. Matheson on 7.2.1944.

 

WILLACOTT

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Ye - Burma
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