The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hampson
First Name:
Robert Douglas
Nick Name:
Doug
Rank:
Acting Sergeant (Promoted on 4.3.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7123
Company:
'A' Company, No. 4 Platoon
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
Discharged:
20.06.1945
DOB:
2.08.1914
Place of Birth:
Not Known
Father's Name:
John Hampson
Mothers's Name:
Eileen Hampson
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Bicycle Builder
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan
Camps Burma:
Apalon 80km Camp
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
3867
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37 (rescued by USS Barb)
Return Details 1945:
Saipan‐Guadalcanal-Brisbane‐Perth arriving 1.11.1944.

General Description

Doug Hampson was AWOL when ‘Aquitania’ sailed out of Fremantle headed for Singapore.  He was amongst the 98 2/4th men who sailed to Java several weeks later and remained there joining up with the Allied forces.

Read story of AWOL at Fremantle and Java.

Also read about Java and POW Camps.

This NCO was in charge of the guard at an ammunition dump near Meester Cornelis.  He was located at the Cornelis Barracks for about seven days before moving to civil aerodrome at Kemajoran located near Tanjong Priok.  Here again he was placed in charge of the guard.

Hampson and Cocking was present when Private Edgar Chetham Jones WX7453 died of bacillary dysentery at Bicycle Camp Hospital, Batavia on 6th July 1942.

Hampson was with Java Group 4 arriving Singapore as a POW from Java.  He departed Singapore 14 October 1942.

He arrived 80km Camp July 1943 until August 1943.  He was at 105K Camp about November 1943 – he departed and arrived Tamakan No. 1 Camp 17th March 1944.

At Tamakan he was selected for Japan and headed for Bangkok to Phom Penh to Saigon, then a few months later back to Phom Pen to Singapore because of the blockage at Saigon. He was selected at River Valley Road Camp, Singapore for Kumi 37 and boarded ‘Rakuyo Maru’.

 

Read the story Members of 2/4th nominated for Medal but not awarded.

Doug Hampson was one of the very few fortunate men who survived the sinking of the ‘Rakuyo Maru’.

Read the story Surviving the Sinking of the Rakuyo Maru written by Roy Cornford NX44955 of the 2/19th Battalion, courtesy of Peter Winstanley.

Doug Hampson survived the sinking of Rakuyo Maru on 12th September to be picked up by USS Barb at 5.30pm on 17th September, 1944.  Following his miraculous rescue, Hampson finally reached Australian shores (Brisbane) via USS ‘Monanock’ 31 October 1944.  He arrived Perth on 1st November 1944.

In 1945 Doug married Esther I. Simpson.

Camp Locations:

  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
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