The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Scaddan
First Name:
Harry Wright
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7617
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
DOB:
20.08.1914
Place of Birth:
Ashington, England
Father's Name:
Harry Wright Scaddan
Mothers's Name:
May Winnifred (Winnie) Cameron
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Butcher and Farmhand
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 66, Age 29.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe &5km, Aungganaung 105km, Khonkan 55km Camp (4.7.1943-19.10.1943)
POW#:
2906
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria
Place of Death:
Tamarkan Hospital
Date of Death:
22.04.1944
Buried:
Grave No. AX33, Tamarkan

General Description

Harry is seated 2nd from Left.

H. Scaddan hockey
H. Scaddan hockey
Scaddan’s cricket team, with Joe Reilly standing back row 1st Left.

 

 

Harry Scaddan story
Harry Scaddan story

 

R Todd JP Murphy HW Scaddan WJ Tucker J Isaac RR Lyle
R Todd JP Murphy HW Scaddan WJ Tucker J Isaac RR Lyle

 

Funeral service conducted by Padre (R.C.) Matheson.

Soldier was a Kingsley Fairbridge Farm Schoolboy.  Harry Scaddan arrived in Australia 21/3/1926 on ‘Berrima’ aged 12 years.  He was housed in Wolfe.  His father had died and his mother was unable to take care of Harry and his sister.

His sister persued her interests and talent in ballet of which Harry was most proud.  His future plans included returning to England to see his mother and sister.

Harry was a noted sportsboy at Fairbridge.  His name is recorded in athletic events with John Ramsbottom (also 2/4th).  He continued his sporting interests during his working life at Boyanup.

In 1935 he was working at Boyanup for W. Smith, Esq.

In 1936 Harry was working at “Bellaranga” Station, Arrino (small town located between Mingenew and Three Springs).

He appears to have maintained close ties with Fairbridge (as most probably did) – returning there for his annual holidays, etc.

The magazine “The Fairbridgian” 1936 records Harry attending the Mandurah Summer camp in 1936 as well as Christmas Day at Fairbridge.   Another 2/4th boy present was Ted Leadbitter.  Social notes mentioned Harry participated musically, he played the drums.

Photograph from Fairbridge days.

EPSON MFP image

Harry’s war medals were sent to his mother Mrs Winnie Scaddan, 148 Ush Road, St John’s Hill, London, England.

 

Scadden Harry
Scadden Harry

 

Scadden, Harry

Photograph taken January 2018 – flowers laid by Cheryl Mellor, daughter of ‘Cowboy’ Matthews in memory of a Fairbridge Kid who had so much potential and died in Thailand 1944 aged 29 years.

When the Railway was completed the POWs working on the Burma end of Railway, were sent south to Thailand by various means of travel.  Those who were ill suffered further.

Harry was sent to Tamarkan Hospial Camp, Thailand and it was here he died of cerebral malaria on 22 April 1944.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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