The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Quinn
First Name:
James Patrick
Nick Name:
Jimmy
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7831
Company:
Headquarters Company, No 3 Platoon
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
Discharged:
20.06.1946
DOB:
25.07.1907
Place of Birth:
Dalry, Scotland
Father's Name:
Henry Quinn
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Mary Quinn
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner and Teamster
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Bangkok, Nacompaton
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
POW#:
1446
Return Details 1945:
Singapore‐Perth, PBY Catalina aircraft

General Description

Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row - Tom Firns, H. Elkins,Scotty McEwan, Front row - Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan
Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row – Tom Firns, H. Elkins,Scotty McEwan, Front row – Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan
Quinn J P
Quinn J P

Soldier was wounded in action 13/2/1942 and admitted to No. 1 Malaya General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to his left hand resulting in loss of the fourth finger. Discharged to unit on 27/2/1942.

Jimmy Quinn’s death was recorded in the February 1974 edition of ‘Barb Wire & Bamboo’ POW magazine.

He was a Collie boy, please read about their memorial.

Jimmy Quinn and his red-hot toilets at Victoria Point, Burma.

Jimmy was a Collie boy. He is described as a ‘busy little no nonsense bloke’ by Les Cody ‘Ghosts in Khaki’. Jimmy became responsible for setting up the latrines at Victoria Point Camp, Burma for ‘A’ Force, Green Force to become No. 3 Battalion.

He used half a dozen burnt out oil drums which he cut out holes on the top.

Privacy for these latrines was provided by bamboo and atap screens.

The only problem the users found was that the drums became so red hot as they were in full sun – anybody who sat their tail on the seat would be guaranteed their skin would turn purple!

Those with diarrohea found their lives were further threatened at Jimmy’s latrines.

Jimmy never bothered too much with those complaining – pointing out that if the seats were too hot for the men then they were ‘too bloody hot for the flies’.

In Jimmy’s mind, flies were a far greater problem!

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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