The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hadfield
First Name:
Ralph William
Nick Name:
Whacker
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7246
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
‘C’ Company, No. 10 Platoon (Section Corporal)
Enlisted:
1.04.1940
Discharged:
2.05.1946
DOB:
12.08.1917
Place of Birth:
Leonora, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Herbert Thomas Hadfield
Mothers's Name:
Nancy Teresa Hadfield
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Dairyman and Truck Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru, Adam Park (4.4.1942-27.12.1942); Selarang Barracks Changi (27.12.1942-14.3.1943)
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau (27.3.1943-24.4.1943); Kanu II (25.4.1943-11.7.1943; Hintok River Camp (11.7.1943-23.8.1943); Tarsau (23.8.1943-26.4.1944); Tamuang (26.4.1944-21.6.1944)
Camps Japan:
Yamane (10.9.1944-18.5.1945); Niihama (18.5.1945-13.9.1945)
POW#:
4 /4500, 8730 and 1546
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama‐Okinawa, USSSanctuary; Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker; Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train

General Description

 

Whilst working at Yamane he was bashed on head by mechanical shovel and was ‘sick’ 15.8.1945.

Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred "Cowboy" Matthews, Ralph Hadfield, Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew "Mick" Lambie
Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred “Cowboy” Matthews, Ralph Hadfield,
Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew “Mick” Lambie.

 

Ralph Hadfield married in 1946 to Grace J. Whittington.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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