The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Giese
First Name:
Philip Arthur
Nick Name:
Phil
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7998
Classification:
Rangetaker
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
DOB:
27.04.1918
Place of Birth:
Wyalkatchem, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Ernst Emil Giese
Mothers's Name:
Ellen Giese
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row L, Grave 59, Age 25.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thompson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
POW#:
3/6333 & 2212
Cause of Death:
Dysentery
Place of Death:
Brankassi
Date of Death:
28.09.1943
Buried:
Brankassi, Grave No. 72

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action at Ulu Pandan and admitted to  2/10th Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to his  right leg. Discharged to unit on 23.2.1942.

Giese was selected with ‘D’ Force V Battalion to work on the Burma Thai Railway. Read further.

He was amongst several men from the 2/4th who died of illness at Brankassi Camp where the conditions were appalling.

 

 

Today Philip Arthur Giese rests at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery with about 90 men from 2/4th.

Arthur’s name is inscribed on the Wyalkatchem’s War Memorial.

 

Philip’s parents Ernst Emil Giese and Ellen ‘Nellie’ Bee married in Claremont in 1911.

 

Philip was was one of 3 sons and 1 daughter born to Ernst and Nellie.  Daughter Edith was the first born while the couple were living in Greenbushes.  The Giese family lived in this area and it was probably where Ernst grew up.

The family moved to Wyalkatchem to farm just a year or two later.

Philip was born in 1918.

 

In 1926 when the family was visiting Perth for holidays,  Ernst and Nellie endured an enormous tragedy.  Their eldest son Ernest Albert aged 10 years, drowned at Crawley baths on 1st February.  Philip was about 8 years old with third son Roland known as Rolly, younger than Philip.

 

Philip’s older brother Ernst drowns in 1926 aged 10 years.

The Giese farming land adjoined the township of Wyalkatchem, and Ernst annually allowed the stock being exhibited at the Agricultural show to stay overnight on his property.  Also stock agents held sales at the yards adjoining the Giese farm, and once again Ernst generously invited the sellers and buyers to make use of his land.

The family was active in the Wyalkatchem community.  Ernst was on the Hospital Board and other community committees, he entered events at the local agricultural show, was an active cyclist.  Philip played both tennis and cricket.

 

This tragic drowning on the Giese farm would have brought back some very dark memories for Ernest and Ellen.

 

Above: 1937 cricket results & Phil Giese.

 

In 1939 Directory, Philip’s name was included as residing in Wyalkatchem and his occupation was clerk.

 

Above Phil Giese announces he engagement to Marjorie Morgan of Koorda 5th June 1940.

A few months later Philip Giese enlisted on 23 August 1940.

Marjorie Morgan married about 1951 and died in 2009 aged 87 years.

 

The above news and joy would not last.

 

Philip’s older sister Enid marries in 1944.

 

Philip’s father Ernst Giese (Snr) dies 17 April 1945. He has not learnt Philip died in 1943.

Philip’s mother Nellie Giese died in 1959 aged 78 years.  Nellie, Ernst and their 10 year old son Ernst Albert are buried together at Karrakatta.

Philip’s brother Rowland known as Rolly, married in the early 1950s and became a minister of the church.

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
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