The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Barbour
First Name:
Thomas
Nick Name:
Tom or Scottie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7587
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
12.04.1946
DOB:
9.05.1912
Place of Birth:
Ormiston, Scotland
Father's Name:
James Barbour
Mothers's Name:
Doris Edna Barbour
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Java:
'Blackforce', attached to the 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battaliion.
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Non Pladuk, Nacompaton (evacuated to Tarsau 20.8.1943 suffering from malaria and a tropical ulcer. Left leg amputated on 9.10.1943 possibly at No. 2 Hospital Camp Non Pladuk)
POW#:
6919
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Sydney, HMT Highland Chieftan, Sydney-Perth by troop train

General Description

Barbour, Ray, 1945 St Mary's Cathedral, Perth.
Barbour, 1945 St Mary’s Cathedral, Perth.

 

Tom Barbour remained at Nacompaton until the end of then war. Other amputees from the 2/4th at Nacompaton included Syd Gorringe, Eric Ryan and Allan Bamford.  Nacompaton was located about 30 miles west of Bangkok.  Besides many amputees, POWs were sent to this camp to build up their strength following the completion of the Railway.  As their health improved slightly POWs were called out of Nacompaton in work parties.

Read further about Nacompaton Hospital Camp.

When Japan surrendered in August 1945, Nacompaton became an Allied Forces collection centre for ex-POWs who were either moved out via Bangkok to Singapore direct or via Rangoon to Singapore

 

Camp Locations:

  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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