The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lewis
First Name:
Thomas Hugh
Nick Name:
Tommy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7441
Classification:
Despatch Rider
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
13.06.1946
DOB:
21.05.1921
Place of Birth:
Holyhead, Wales
Father's Name:
Richard Lewis
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Anne Lewis
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi, Selarang Barracks Changi, Changi Gaol Camp
POW#:
1/8387
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

‘Tommy’ Lewis was involved in boxing prior to enlistment and was in fact boxed for 2/4th.
At the age of 2 years Tommy sailed with his family from London to Albany on the SS Diogenes arriving in WA on 9 October 1923. His family originated from Angelsey, Wales.

They were placed Group Settlement No. 85 Loc. 2291 on 18 December 1923.  The family left this location on 8th June 1925 and took land in Group 78 on 19 September 1925.

 

Tommy was one of 3  boys and there was one daughter.

 

Thomas Hugh Lewis & Family
Thomas Hugh Lewis & Family

Tommy standing 1st Left and Gwen Linto standing centre.

Tommy’s sister Gwen who gave so much care to her brother when he returned from war; Gwen had supported the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion Ex-Members Association for a very long time and during 2017 made a generous donation to this website.

 

Tom was shell shocked at 14/2/1942. Also evacuated to Australian General Hospital at Roberts Barracks Changi on 18/11/1942 with an early case of encephalitis.

Tom  was in a coma for nearly 3 weeks with his life hanging in the balance.  Dr. Bruce Hunt watched over him and revived him several times.  On regaining consciousness, he was unable to talk, walk and knew nothing of his former life.  Tom remained  hospitalised learning to talk and walk and the muscles of one eye were also effected but it is said that this soldier maintained a bright and happy disposition. The Japanese awarded him an ‘A’ Medical Classification.

Tommy Lewis Pt 1

 

Tommy Lewis Pt 2

 

Tommy Lewis standing far Rt, at Lady Lawley, Cottesloe where ex-servicemen with eye/vision problems were accommodated for care.

 

John Gilmour was also a patient at Lady Lawley Cottage, Cottesloe. John was also hospitalised at Changi and was placed in a bed nearest to Tommy.   February 2018, John recalls he and others spent hours trying to help Tommy regain his speech and memory.

 

Lewis passed away 12/3/1978 aged 59 years.

Please read the life of Tom Lewis

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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