The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Bernard James
- Nick Name:
- Lance Corporal
- Regimental #:
- Headquarters Company
- Place of Birth:
- Sandstone, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- James Henry Walsh
- Mothers's Name:
- Nell Walsh
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver
- ‘Blackforce’, Attached to 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Hintok Road Camp, Hintok River Camp, Tarsau, Tamuang
- Camps Java:
- Bandoeng, Bicycle Camp Batavia, Makasura
- Camps Japan:
- Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
- 6519 & 389
- Rashin Maru Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Manila‐Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.
Read about Java and POW Camps and the men who delayed their surrender on Java to the Japanese.
It is not known which camp this soldier was sent to after his arrival at Moji. We know he was not at Ohama Camp 9B or Nihama, so it is feasible that his camp was Fukuoka No. 17. This soldier’s Japanese POW number is within the set of numbers allocated to the prisoners of this camp.
Height 5′ 5″
Bluey was one of about 90 2/4th Machine Gunners unable to re-board ‘Aquitania’ at Gage Roads when it sailed for Singapore on 16 January 1942.
Once as POW of Japan in Java Bluey spent time at Bandoeng, Bicycle Camp Batavia, Makasura Camps before being selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion.
Known as ‘Dunlop’ Party.
He was considered fit and selected to work in Japan, sailing with ‘Rashin Maru’ Party to Moji Japan.
Following the Japanese surrender, Bluey sailed on HMS Speaker from Manila to Sydney. Please read the story of Australian Unions
- Hintok, 154k - Thailand
- Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
- Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
- Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
- Bandoeng - Java ***
- Makasura - Java
- Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan