The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Henderson
First Name:
Clarence Gordon
Nick Name:
Clarrie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7642
Company:
‘C’ Company, No. 10 Platoon
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
2.07.1947
DOB:
25.07.1917
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Robert Clarence Henderson
Mothers's Name:
Ada Henderson
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Taxi Driver and Mechanic
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6 (coal mining)
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 13, Saganoseki (copper smelter); Omine Divisional Camp No. 6 (coal mining)
POW#:
575
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Hong Kong by US. aircraft carrier; Hong Kong-Manila by ship; Manila-Morotai-Darwin-Perth, PBY Catalina aircraft A24-377

General Description

Ted Elliot, Clarrie Henderson, Stewy Smith (kneeling) & Chris McLennan
Ted Elliot, Clarrie Henderson, Stewy Smith (kneeling) & Chris McLennan

 

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

Soldier was wounded in action Singapore receiving a gunshot wound to his right that caused a stiff middle finger which was amputated in November 1944.

Whilst in Japan an accident necessitated the amputation of two more fingers on his right hand on 27.2.1945.

Clarrie Henderson was AWOL when the ‘Aquitania’ departed Fremantle in January 1942.  He was later one of the 98 2/4th men sent to Java. Java capitulated to the Japanese and he was a POW from 9th March 1942 to January 1943 at Bicycle Camp No. 4 before being transported via Singapore  (arriving 7.1.1943 and departing 19.1.1943) to Railway in Thailand.

 Clarrie Henderson died 14 June 1996 at Bunbury.

Camp Locations:

  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Omine, Hiroshima #6-B - Japan
  • Saganoseki, Fukuoka #13-D - Japan
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