The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Kuhl
First Name:
Friedrich Godfried
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8336
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
26.08.1940
Discharged:
7.03.1946
DOB:
26.03.1907
Place of Birth:
Essen, Germany
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Minnie Kuhl (nee McConkey)
Religion:
Lutheran
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Nacompaton
Camps Burma:
Tanyin, Anakwin, Taungzan, Mezali, Apalon, Kyondaw, Aunggnaug 105km (malaria 21.9.1945 evacuated to Tamarkan)
Camps Java:
Bicycle-Camp Batavia
POW#:
4560
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa.

General Description

Wounded in action by high explosive bomb, receiving a shrapnel wound to his left knee.

Fred was AWOL from “Aquitania” when ship anchored one night 15 January 1942 on its way to Singapore. He was unable to return to ship before its derparture.  He was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who missed their ship, were taken back to Claremont and left a few weeks later .planning to rejoin 2/4th.

This would not be – these 90 men were left in Java as Singapore was about to fall.  Please read further.

 

Fred worked on Burma-Thai Railway with Java Party No. 4 which sailed from Java to Singapore.

We can only estimate which camps Fred worked by following the main ‘trail’ of his work Party.  Williams Force was unique in that they continued on with the railway long after it was completed.  The Force included many engineering men who were in Java having been to the Middle East.  Always on the move, Williams Force worked extraordinarily hard and suffered much.

 

Kuhl Fred
Kuhl Fred
Kuhl, Fred & family July 1941
Kuhl, Fred & Elva with their young  family July 1941.

 

Fred had a younger brother Les and a sister Maude (who died 1938 South Australia).  Les married in 1923.

His mother Minnie (nee McConkey) was from a large family, most of whom lived in Western Australia.

 

 

His mother Minnie Kuhl (nee McConkey) died in 1923 aged 53 years,

 

The family escape motor accident Christmas time 1941, however a family friend is killed.

Fred’s wife Elva died 28 Nov 1990.  We believe Fred died 1973 at Gosnells.

Camp Locations:

  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Taungzun, 60 Kilo, 358k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Tanyin 35 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Anakwin 45 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Mezali 70km Camp - Burma
  • Kyondaw 95 Kilo Camp – Burma
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