The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Thomas Edward
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Serpentine, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Charles Firns
- Mothers's Name:
- Eliza Firns (nee Day)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Gold Prospector
- Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi; Changi Gaol Camp
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore
This soldier had enlisted in Royal Australian Navy on 30th September 1918. He served as a stoker, Service No. 6880 at HMAS Cerebus, Westernport Bay, Victoria. He also served onboard HMAS Melbourne and HMAS Sydney until he received a medical discharge on 9th September 1920.
Tom was the 5th of 7 sons born to Charles Firns and Eliza Day, and he had one sister, the youngest born. He attended school at Serpentine from 1906-1914 where the Firns family resided.
An older brother Hobart Douglas Firn born in 1895 enlisted in WW1 and was killed 29 August 1915 at Lone Pine.
Tom enlisted whilst residing in Kalgoorlie.
Tom was recovered from Changi 4 September 1945, and returned to WA on 19 September 1945.
The following are his POW movements:
Changi Feb-April 1942
Easter-May 1942 Johore Bahru
May-Nov 1942 Adam Park
Nov 1942-Aug 1945 Changi
It appears Tom suffered vitamin deficiency diseases and dermatitis during his incarceration.
Tom married in February 1946 to Kathleen Day Pead.
Tom Firns died 11 June 1969. Kathleen died in 1996.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore