The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Kemp
First Name:
Edgar Charles
Nick Name:
Eddy
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7624
Company:
'D' Company, No. 15 Platoon
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
14.12.1945
DOB:
17.04.1907
Place of Birth:
Plaistow, Westham, East Sussex, England
Father's Name:
Albert James Kemp
Mothers's Name:
Rachael Clark Kemp
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Dairyhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Hintok Mountain Camp, Tarsau, Tardan, Konkoita, Kinsaiyok, Chungkai, Tamarkan, Kanchanaburi, Nacompaton, Changmai, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok.
POW#:
8733
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

 

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.

Please read further about D Company 15 Platoon

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.

Please read about D Force Thailand S Battalion

When the war ended Eddy was recovered from Nakom Nayok Camp, Thailand.

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Knott, Eddy Kemp, Harry Bunker & ?

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.

 

Eddie Kemp
Eddie Kemp

Camp Locations:

  • 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
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