The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Armstrong
First Name:
Malcolm
Nick Name:
Lofty
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted 11.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7046
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
30.07.1940
Discharged:
25.05.1946
DOB:
1.09.1915
Place of Birth:
South Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Lillian Armstrong
Religion:
Miner
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Tamuang, Bangkok, Ubon
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105km, Khonkan 55km (evacuated sick from 105km Camp on 1.7.1943)
POW#:
1373
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action at Buona Vista on 15/2/1942.  Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel would to his right shoulder.  Discharged to unit on 24/2/1942.

Lofty was selected as a PoW in Singapore to work on the Burma end of Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion which sailed from Singapore 14 May 1942 for south west coast of Burma.  The 3,000 strong force would repair and enlarge 3 airfields at Victoria Point, Tavoy and Ye.

Lofty was with Green Force and first worked at Victoria Point before making their way to the northern most point of the Rail link to commence work on 1 October 1942 at Kendau 4.8km Camp – the first Australians to Work on Burma-Thai Railway.

Please read further about this Battalion

Also please read about Khonkan 55km Hospital Camp

And Albert Coates and Claude Anderson

When the railway was completed by end of 1943, the Japanese began moving all POWs in Burma south into Thailand into one of several large camps.  Lofty was sent to Tamarkan – possibly sick, before being sent to Tamuang.  He was not selected as ‘fit’ by Japanese to work in Japan – sailing with ‘Rakuyo Maru’ Party (which sank in South China Sea having been torpedoed by American submarines in Sept 1944).

Lofty was recovered Ubon when the war finished.

Lofty passed away on 7th March 1990.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Ubon - Thailand ***
  • 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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