The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Allpike
First Name:
Bert Winfield James
Nick Name:
Jim
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7064
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
2.08.1940
Discharged:
20.02.1946
DOB:
25.04.1920
Place of Birth:
Hamilton Hill, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Bert Allpike
Mothers's Name:
Elsie Allpike
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Abattoir Employee
Java:
‘Blackforce'
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, No. 6, O Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Hintok, Kinsaiyok, Tarsau, Tamuang (March 1944‐April 1945)
Camps Burma:
Bandoeng, Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
6921
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Jim was with ‘Blackforce’, for further information

Jim Allpike was originally a member of the 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion and later with 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion. Whilst a POW Jim was with Weary Dunlop at Hintock Mountain Camp. Due to the initiative of a Major Clarke (a Dentist) and others they established a still at the camp to produce distilled water. The still was operated up to 24 hours a day, staffed by the officers, and could produce 120 pints of saline. The distilled water could have salt added later to produce saline fluid. Amongst other things, this could be infused to improve fluid levels of dysentery and cholera patients. Jim used to carry four 1 gallon demi-johns of distilled water from Hintock Mountain Camp to Hintock River Camp, a return journey of over 8km, several times a day. Jim had no boots and walked/ran the path in all weathers by day or night. It is reported that Jim was seen doing a delivery at 2 AM on one occasion. One would need to see the terrain to appreciate the difficulty. If you have a copy of Ghosts in Khaki (author Les Cody deceased February 2002) there are pictures of young Jim Allpike on pages 31 and 253.

Article prepared by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (Retired) JP 2003 E-mail peterwinstanley@bigpond.com

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