The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Fidge
First Name:
Hurtle Stanley
Nick Name:
Bert
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX7663
Company:
‘C’ Company, No 10 Platoon.
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
25.05.1947
DOB:
29.12.1915
Place of Birth:
Bute, South Australia
Father's Name:
Herbert Hall Fidge
Mothers's Name:
Matilda Shannan Fidge
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; River Valley Road (Jeep Island, dry dock); Changi Gaol Camp Hospital (ulcer in left eye, removed from Japan draft); Transferred to Changi Administration on 28.1.1945; X10 Party
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
POW#:
1332
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 35
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin‐Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore

General Description

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
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

 

Bert was selected with ‘A’ Force Burma, No. 3 Battalion to work on the Burma end of the Railway, departing Singapore to sail to Burma on 14 May 1942.

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This group of men first arrived at Victoria Point, before moving to Tavoy, Ye, Thanbyuzat, Kendau, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung before moving south to Thailand.

It was here Bert was considered fit by the Japanese and selected to work in Japan with Kumi 35. They were transported through Bangkok to Phom Penh and to Saigon.  It was here the Japanese now realised the Allied blockade was too efficient and they were no longer able to sail safely out of Saigon to Japan. The POWs were to be sent back by rail to Singapore to be shipped to Japan!

Arriving back in Singapore the men were accommodated at River Valley Road Camp where they were to work on dry docks awaiting their sailing ship.

In September 1944 Bert was found to have a cornea ulcer in his left eye and soon after in his right eye. He was removed from the Japan draft because he was almost blind and remained in Changi.

When his sight sufficiently recovered he worked with the X10 Party. Read further.

He was transferred to Changi Administration 28 Jan 1945.

He was recovered at the end of the war from Changi on 4 September 1945.

 

Bert passed away aged 85yrs, November 3 2001, at Alstone, NSW.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
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