The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Thomas Hugh
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Despatch Rider
- 'D' Company
- Place of Birth:
- Holyhead, Wales
- Father's Name:
- Richard Lewis
- Mothers's Name:
- Margaret Anne Lewis
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi, A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi, Selarang Barracks Changi, Changi Gaol Camp
- Return Details 1945:
- Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa, Sydney-Melbourne by troop train, Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.
‘Tommy’ Lewis took up boxing at Northam Camp. In he became fact light weight champion before departing.
Tom was shell shocked at 14/2/1942. He was evacuated to Australian General Hospital at Roberts Barracks Changi on 18/11/1942 with an early case of encephalitis caused by mosquitos.
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 up land in Group 78 on 19 September 1925.
Tommy was one of 3 boys and there was one daughter Gwen.
The Lewis family on the farm before moving to Perth. Tommy is holding the horse reins.
Margaret Lewis and her children at their home, Leederville.
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 for which we are especially grateful.
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.
After the war Tommy Lewis, John Gilmour and others with eye conditions were accommodated at Lady Lawley Cottage, Cottesloe. John was also hospitalised at Changi and was placed in a bed nearest to Tommy during 1942. February 2018, John recalls he and others spent hours trying to help Tommy regain his speech and memory.
Tom acquired a job at RPH which he continued throughout his life.
Tommy Lewis passed away 12/3/1978 aged 59 years.
- Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
- Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore