The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Adams
First Name:
Edwin Thomas
Nick Name:
Eddie
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8245
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
16.08.1940
Discharged:
12.03.1946
DOB:
6.04.1914
Place of Birth:
Kellerberrin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Horace John Adams
Mothers's Name:
Edith Lucy Adams (nee Pook)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Carpenter
Singapore:
River Valley Road Transit Camp
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu I, Hintok River
Camps Java:
Bandoeng, Bicycle Camp Batavia, Makasura
Camps Japan:
Yamane (carpenter’s shop)
POW#:
1559
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Niihama, Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham, Manila‐Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.

General Description

 

Please read about ‘Blackforce’

From Java Eddie was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, P Battalion.  This Force was in fact referred to as Dunlop Force, ‘Weary’ Dunlop was their Officer in Charge.  Please read further

When the railway was completed by end of December 1943, the Japanese began moving POWs from Burma and Thailand south to one of 4 or 5 larger camps, such as Tamarkan, Tamuang.

It would have been in early to mid 1944 Adams was selected as being fit by the Japanese to work in Japan.   Eddie was with a large number of 2/4th men selected to sail on ‘Rashin Maru’.  The men were returned to Singapore to stay River Valley Road Transit Camp to await their ship.

‘Rashin Maru’ took 70 days to reach Moji, Japan.

Eddie was amongst a large number of 2/4th men sent to Yamane and Niihama.

 

Above:  September 1945.

 

 

 

Edwin ‘Eddy’ Adams spent most of his life in Kellerberrin.  His father was a builder-carpenter and moved there with his wife Edith Lucy and two or three eldest children sometime between arriving in Fremantle from England in 1908 and 1912 when their names were recorded on WA Electoral Roll.  Both Horace and Edith were born in England and they married Paddington 1905.

There were three sons and three daughters in the family.

Eddy played several sports for Kellerberrin, including Footy and cricket.  Below are some of the descriptions found about him.

 

 

 

Below: 1935 .

 

 

The family holidayed at Rottnest.

 

 

Below:  happy family wedding of eldest daughter Madeline.

 

Eddie’s father died 1942. He would not have learnt the news of his father’s death until after the end of the war.

 

Below:  Eddie’s mother Lucy Edith died in 1953.

 

 

Edwin Thomas Adams died about 1958, aged 42 years.

At  the time of his death he was residing in Nedlands and his occupation was recorded as carpenter.

Unfortunately we have no further knowledge of his life prior to 1958.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Makasura - Java
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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