The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Krasnostein
First Name:
Leslie
Nick Name:
Krass
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7446
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
29.04.1946
DOB:
17.06.1905
Place of Birth:
Palestine
Father's Name:
Jacob Krasnostein
Mothers's Name:
Malka Krasnostein
Religion:
Jewish
Pre-war Occupation:
Wool Buyer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp & Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Hindaine, Non Pladuk
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
Japan:
Aramis Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Manila, USS Lunga Point, Manila-Morotai-Darwin, PBY Catalina aircraft A24-359, Darwin-Perth, B24 Liberator.

General Description

Soldier was wounded 10 Feb 1942 Jurong Road.  Admitted to 13 AGH with shrapnel wound to his right shoulder.  He was transferred to 2/9th Field Ambulance 15 Feb 1942.  Discharged to unit 22 Feb 1942.

Les was selected from Selarang to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion, leaving Singapore Railway Station on 17 Mar 1943 on a 4 day horror trip to Thailand.  He had been a POW in Singapore for just over 12 months.

Les was in Thailand from March 1943 to June 1944.  It is known he was at Hindaine Camp and Non Pladuk from where he was selected on 4 March 1944 with ‘Aramas’ Party  to work in Japan.

The Aramis Party were sent by train back to Singapore where they were accommodated at Orchard Road Camp prior to sailing to Japan on 16th Dec 1944.

After arriving in Japan Les was assigned to work at Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta.  He remained here from July 1944 to Sep 1945.  During April 1945 Les was badly beaten.

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Les Krassnostein & family
Les Krasnostein & family.

 

After the war Les changed his name to Krass and moved to Victoria where he passed away on 29/8/1995.

Krasnostein 1
Krasnostein 1

 

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In 1929 Les married Beatrice Zeffertt, known as Dolly.

In April 1935, tragedy hit the Krasnostein family very hard – Les’s father and sister Rebecca died in the accident and a younger sister was injured.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
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