The Soldier's Details

Surname:
King
First Name:
Edric Herbert
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8007
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
DOB:
1.03.1911
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Albert Thomas King
Mothers's Name:
Eleanor Rose King
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 74, Age 32.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Konyu II,
POW#:
4/6295 & 8799
Cause of Death:
Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Place of Death:
Tamarkan
Date of Death:
12.11.1943
Buried:
Grave AX 9, Tamarkan.

General Description

Edric King was farming at Cadoux prior to enlisting in
August 1940.  He became Driver with ‘A’ Company.

 

Selected with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway he left Singapore by train 14 March 1943.  Their first work camp was Tarsau which became Japanese HQ for ‘D’ Force and their hospital Camp.  Work here was comparatively light when they next moved to Konyu II to work on the Hellfire Pass
Cutting.  Work and Camp conditions were horrific.  Men suffered and died with tropical illnesses for which they had no medicines.

It would seem King was evacuated sick from Hellfire Pass area to Tamarkan where he died on 12 November 1943 aged 32 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Plaque at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 7

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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