The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Jamieson
First Name:
Donald Keith
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 9.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7467
Company:
‘A’ Company, No. 6 Platoon, Section Corporal.
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
18.01.1946
DOB:
10.06.1920
Place of Birth:
Narrogin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Charles Jamieson
Mothers's Name:
Florence Mary Jamieson
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Commercial Traveller
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, T Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Chungkai, Non Pladuk
POW#:
1/8162
Return Details 1945:
Saigon-Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

Jamieson went AWOL from Aquitania, however managed to re-board prior to ship sailing 15th January 1942 (the ship was in Gauge Roads only overnight) from Fremantle to Singapore.  His penalty was to lose his stripes and he was reverted to Private.

His high spirits again got young Jamieson into trouble!  He was admitted to Alexander Hospital, Singapore on 27 January 1942 with a fractured skull and lacerated wounds as the result of an accident whilst AWOL.  He discharged himself and returned to his unit.

Gwynne stated Jamieson did an excellent job in battle.

He was to be hospitalised twice whilst in Singapore.  He was at AGH with diarrhoea from 20 March to 27 March 1942 and secondly, at AGM with appendicitis 20 August to 9 September 1942.

In March 1943 Jamieson was selected with ‘D’ Force T Battalion to work on Burma-Thai Railway and travelled by train from Singapore to Bampong before travelling further north.

At some time he became sick, was evacuated or stayed at Tarsau which was the ‘D’ Force HQ.  We cannot be precise of his or most POW movements unless the men were able to confirm details themselves. It is known he was at Chungkai (probably hospital) and then evacuated to Non Pladuk from where a group was selected and sent to Saigon on 2 February 1945.  He was sent to the Saigon docks camp to work.  At war’s end he was recovered from Saigon on 20 September 1945.

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The exact details of Jamieson’s movements in Thailand are unknown.  There is a possibility he may have been involved with T Battalion and/or Capt. Fred Harris, Sergeant Eddie Derkenne or W.O. II John Dooley parties.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Saigon - French Indo China
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