The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Pitts
First Name:
Albert Leslie
Nick Name:
Slim
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7626
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
6.03.1946
DOB:
29.01.1918
Place of Birth:
Partridge Green, Sussex, England
Father's Name:
David John Pitts
Mothers's Name:
Maria Pitts
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kachu Mountain Camp (Theatrical Party), Bangkok, Nakom Nayok, Lopburi, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Thanbyuzayat (sick 28.9.1942); Khonkan 55km (evacuated sick 1.7.1943 and September 1943)
POW#:
1537
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action at 0200 hours on 9/2/1942. Admitted to Field Ambulance with a shrapnel wound to left thigh. Transferred to 2/10th Australian General Hospital on 18/2/1942. Discharged to unit on 24/2/1942.

 

Fifty Years - Slim Pitts

 

 

WOODSIDE LAMENT   by Slim Pitts
On arrival at Woodside Camp, SA
We come from the West where the beer is best, parlez vous
Our Camp was better than all the rest parlez vous
We came over here and God knows why
Unless they brought us here to die, inky pinky parlez vous.

 

God stiffen the crows we bloody near froze  parlez vous
With a barking cough and a running nose parlez vous
If we stay much longer I’ll bet you’ll see
We’ll all end up in the R.A.P. inky pinky parlez vous.

 

They tell us its colder in months ahead parlez vous
If we don’t want to finish up all in bed parlez vous
We will be getting around in leather vests
With flannel protectors on our chests. inky pinky parlez vous

 

We were all so glad when we went away parlez vous
From Northam Camp in W.A.,   parlez vous
How one and all of our thousand men
Are wishing to God they were back again. Inky pinky parlous vous

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Lopburi - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
  • Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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