The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Reeves
First Name:
William Walter
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7621
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1941
Discharged:
25.01.1946
DOB:
23.12.1901
Place of Birth:
Prestbury, Gloucestershire, England
Father's Name:
George Reeves
Mothers's Name:
Alice Jane Reeves
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Stevedore and Railway Employee
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Kao Rin, Nacompaton, Prachuab Kirikhan-Mergui Escape Road, Petchaburi
POW#:
3 /9303 and 8839
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Bill Reeves was sent to Burma-Thai with ‘D’ Force S Battalion.

This Battalion included the largest contingency of 2/4th men of all the Railway work Forces.

He worked firstly at Kanu II, then Kao Rin before being sent to Nacompaton.

Whilst at Nacompaton Hospital, Bill Reeves was one of eight 2/4th POWs to be included in the 1000 man workforce to  construct the Mergui Escape Road.
Road construction commenced in April 1945.

Conditions at Nacompaton were so terrible, Bill Thought any move was better than staying in this death camp, the POW’s description of the hospital camp.    Initially the Japanese informed the men the work force was for light duties in Malaya!   Another Japanese lie.

This road was to be constructed over challenging and mountainous terrain.  When the war ended 18th August, Bill was airlifted to Singapore. One in four POWs died on this project

Read further about Mergui Road Escape.

It was at Singapore that Bill caught up with Dick Ridgwell.

Read about Bill’s return flight to Perth.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kao Rin, Specialist Camp 46.92k - Thailand
  • Mergui (Myiek) Escape Road - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
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