The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Jones
First Name:
Alfred James
Nick Name:
Alf
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7510
Company:
'D' Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
23.01.1946
DOB:
21.02.1922
Place of Birth:
East Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Johnstone Jones
Mothers's Name:
Evelyn Lillian Jones
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Vineyard Worker
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Havelock Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'J' Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa-Denki), Nagoya,Toyama.
POW#:
3/ 6323, 662
Japan:
Wales Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagoya-Yokohama, Yokohama-Okinawa-Manila by aircraft, Manila-Sydney, HMS Formidable, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Alfred was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Read about Show-Denki Factory, Kobe.

Also read about Nagoya No. 7 Camp.

John Gilmour wrote in his book ‘All in My Stride’ –
‘Alf became ill after 3 months at Kobe.  He had to be admitted to the Camp Hospital suffering from pneumonia.  John and Alf’s mates would go to the hospital to check on him every day as soon as they returned from work.  Initially Alf’s health declined, he didn’t recognise them and became unconscious for 15 days.  Lying on a mat on the floor with black sores around his mouth and sunken eyes Alf’s weight dropped to 31.5 kgs (4.5 stone). Dr. Boyce said it was a miracle he survived.  Dr Boyce saved Alf’s life.  He saved a portion of his own meals to spoon feed to him.’

‘Alf had amazing fortitude, true Aussie grit which allowed him to hold on and recover. He returned to Western Australia with me.’

Alf and his wife lived near Gelorup, near Bunbury in later years.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Havelock Road Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Nagoya - Japan
  • Toyama, Nagoya #7-B - Japan
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