The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Barnes
First Name:
Alfred John
Nick Name:
Shorty
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX6970
Classification:
Driver
Company:
'A' Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
30.07.1940
Discharged:
6.11.1946
DOB:
5.06.1917
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Doll Eanus Barnes
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
131km Camp, Tamarkan
Camps Burma:
Aungganaung 105km
POW#:
4386
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

A Coy H'qtrs - standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back - Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully
A Coy H’qtrs – standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back – Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully.

 

Lear-Holst-Bird-Page

 

Shorty Barnes honours his mates who died at Sandakan.  Lear, Holst and Bird were in ‘A’ Coy with Shorty.  Page was in ‘C’ Coy.

Camp Locations:

  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
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