The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Drysdale
First Name:
Robert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7943
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
Discharged:
10.04.1946
DOB:
18.11.1905
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Father's Name:
David Drysdale
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Chaff Cutter
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Havelock Road Camp; River Valley Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Changi; Sime Road Camp (December 1943); Changi Gaol Camp; Adam Park (June 1944); Havelock Road Camp (November 1944); X1 Party; P Party; Changi Gaol Camp
Force:
‘H’ Force Thailand, 'H' Force Group No. 3
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II Malayan Hamlet, Kanchanaburi (8.9.1943)
POW#:
1/7556
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin-Sydney, HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore

General Description

Evan Jones, Laurie McGrath & Robert Drysdale
Evan Jones, Laurie McGrath & Robert Drysdale – Adelaide

 

Drysdale was at the following Camps in Singapore – Changi to Selarang, Havelock Road November 1942, XI Party,
River Valley Road Camp 31 Jan 1943, P Party, Johore Bahru May 1943

Robert Drysdale was selected at Singapore with ‘H’ Force Group No. 3, leaving Singapore by train 8 May 1943.  Their first work camp was Malay Hamlet.  Drysdale was evacuated to Konyu II hospital with beri beri on 17 June 1943; then to Kanchanaburi 8 September 1943.

 

During Dec 1943 Drysdale was sent by train back to Singapore arriving 1 January 1944.    He was sent to Changi from Sime Road on 5 May 1944.  At Adam Park June 1944, Havelock Road No. 4 Camp in November 1944.

Drysdale was recovered from Changi on 4 September 1945.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • Havelock Road Camp - Singapore
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sime Road Camp - Singapore
  • P Party, Johore Bahru - Singapore
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Malay Hamlet 153.00km - Thailand
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