The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Walsh
First Name:
Bernard James
Nick Name:
Bluey
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7466
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
25.01.1946
DOB:
27.01.1915
Place of Birth:
Sandstone, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Henry Walsh
Mothers's Name:
Nell Walsh
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Singapore:
‘Blackforce’, Attached to 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Force:
‘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
POW#:
6519 & 389
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Manila‐Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.

General Description

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.

Bernard (Bluey) Walsh
Bernard (Bluey) Walsh

 

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.

Please read further.

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.

Please read further about 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.

Please read further about Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta

Also please read Krasnostein’ Affadavit about Omuta.

 

Following the Japanese surrender, Bluey sailed on HMS Speaker from Manila to Sydney.  Please read the story of Australian Unions

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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