The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Edgar Charles
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'D' Company, No. 15 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Plaistow, Westham, East Sussex, England
- Father's Name:
- Albert James Kemp
- Mothers's Name:
- Rachael Clark Kemp
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
- 'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanu II, Hintok Mountain Camp, Tarsau, Tardan, Konkoita, Kinsaiyok, Chungkai, Tamarkan, Kanchanaburi, Nacompaton, Changmai, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok.
- Return Details 1945:
- Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay
Prior to enlisting AIF, Eddie joined Toodyay 10th Light Horse Militia.
He enlisted AIF 10 Aug 1940 later joining 2/4th’s ‘D’ Company No. 15 Platoon becoming one of 4 Corporals under Commanding Officer Lt. Meiklejohn who was KIA 8 Feb 1942 when the Japanese first invaded Singapore. Platoon Sgt Solly was KIA and Sgt Tregenza later d. Burma-Thai Railway. Eddie was wounded in action 10 Feb fighting his way out from the west coast. He received a shrapnel wound to bicep of his left arm.
As POW Singapore he was initially accommodated Selarang Camp before leaving with work party to Johore Bahru and Adam Park, on which many 2/4th men went.
He was selected to work on Thai-Burma Railway with D Force Thailand S Battalion departing Singapore Railway Station 14 Mar 1943 for Thailand.
When the war ended Eddy was recovered from Nakom Nayok Camp, Thailand.
Anzac Day after 1946. L-R Claude Knott, Eddie Kemp, thought to be Harry Bunker and unknown.
Eddy passed away aged 96, April 24 2003, at Rockingham, WA.
Eddie and Toodyay 10th Light Horse with other 2/4th boys Mick Geary, Tom Tonkins.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chumphon - Thailand
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Hintok, 154k - Thailand
- Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
- Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
- Tardan - Thailand