The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Briggs
First Name:
Roy Albert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7329
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
B' Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
11.02.1946
DOB:
4.01.1915
Place of Birth:
North Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick George Briggs
Mothers's Name:
Edith Briggs
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
No Known
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Konyu II, Konkoita, (Sonkurai to Nikhe-Nikhe Defence Line from May 1945)
POW#:
8751
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Melboume-Perth by troop train.

General Description

Roy Briggs enlisted just a month or two before his older brother John Arthur Briggs WX5050.  John was a driver with Headquarters Company and selected to work on the Burma-Thai Raiway with ‘A’ Force, Green Force No 3 Battalion.  Tragically John died at Khonkan Camp Burma on 11 September 1943 following leg amputation.  He was 29 years of age.

John Arthur Briggs older brother to Roy.

John was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion.  They departed by train from Singapore in mid March 1943 for Bampong, Thailand (then the end of the railway line).

They remained a few days at  Komna Transit Camp nearby before being trucked to Kanchanaburi.  After a brief stopover they were marched out to Tarsau, which was the HQ Camp for S Battalion.  The men worked for a few weeks to clear the way for the laying of the railway.  It was not too difficult!

They were moved to Kanyu II on 25 April 1943 – one of the POW Camps working on the Hellfire Pass cutting.  This was the beginning of a hellish time.  It was the beginning of the monsoonal rains and speedo – the Japanese wanted to complete their railway.  They came up against long hours working with little or no clothing, mostly no shoes, little food, beaten by their guards and facing unheard of tropical illnesses for which there was no medicine. There was malaria, dysentery, beri beri and finally cholera.

It is believed he was with a party sent to Konkoita after Kanyu II.  From there they went to Sonkurai and Nikhe-Nikhe Defence Line from May 1945.

He was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Konkoita (Brigade or Cholera Camp) - Thailand
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