The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Kidd
First Name:
George
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7250
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
1.08.1940
DOB:
1.06.1904
Place of Birth:
Newcastle, England
Father's Name:
James Alexander Hunter Kidd
Mothers's Name:
Christina Ross Kidd
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Painter
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 47, Age 37.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'H' Force Thailand, Group No. 3
POW#:
3/8402 & 639
Cause of Death:
Cardiac Beri‐Beri
Place of Death:
Kanchanaburi
Date of Death:
24.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 214, Kanchanaburi.

General Description

George Kidd enlisted August 1940, later joined 2/4th’s ‘B’ Company,.

Following the surrender at Singapore on 15 August 1942 George became POW at Singapore.

He was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H Force Thailand.

Please read about this Force.

 

George was evacuated to Kanchanaburi Hospital Camps from working on the rail link.  He died from illness 24 October 1944 aged 37 years.

 

Kidd

 

Photographed Kanchanaburi War Cemetery January 2018 – C.Mellor

 

 

The Kidd family arrived in Western Australia on board ‘Belgic’ from Liverpool, England about November 1912.  George was one of 5 young children listed on the passenger list, the others were Jean, George, Mary and William and Jessie.  Once in WA the family grew to include Jessie, Jim, Violet, Flo and David.  The Kidd family resided for many years at Boulder.

 

 

When he enlisted, George was recorded living and working at Boulder painting houses with their father.  In fact two Kidd sons, George and younger brother David were living with their parents at 80 Moran Street, and both were working with their father as painters.

Both George’s parents were born in Scotland.  The Kidd family quickly embraced the local Caledonian Society and other community events.

 

 

Below:  A great storm blew into Boulder causing much damage, and injuring several young men.  George Kidd received only small injuries.

 

 

 

George’s mother Christina died 1951.

 

Below:  James Alexander Hunter Kidd died 1954 aged 84 years.  He and Christina were buried at Fremantle Cemetery.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
Back