The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Herbert Alfred Thomas
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'D' Company, No 14 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Sutton, England
- Father's Name:
- Alfred Chilvers
- Mothers's Name:
- Eleanor Maria Chilvers
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 33.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- 'E' Force Borneo
- 4/5990 & 1634
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Sandakan No. 1 Camp
- Date of Death:
- No. 2 Cemetery, Sandakan.
Herbert Chilvers was employed as a driver at Big Bell prior to his enlistment.
He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW’s who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW’s were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Chilvers, aged 33, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 31 March 1945.
He was the son of Alfred and Eleanor Maria Chilvers, and the husband of Doris Kathleen Chilvers, of Byford, WA. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 18.
West Australian Newspapers 1945
CHILVERS, Private, HERBERT ALFRED THOMAS, WX8123, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 31 March 1945. Age 33. Son of Alfred and Eleanor Maria Chilvers; husband of Doris Kathleen Chilvers, of Byford, Western Australia. Panel 18.
Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.
Pay Book Photo for Bert Chilvers
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Lintang Officers Camp, Kuching - Sarawak