The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Watkins
First Name:
Walter Stafford
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8356
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
29.08.1940
Discharged:
13.06.1946
DOB:
5.03.1908
Place of Birth:
London, England
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Kate Watkins
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma Java Party No. 3, Williams Force (advance party with Lieutenant C. J. Mitchell)
Camps Thailand:
131km, l33km, Kanchanaburi, Tamarkan, Chungkai
Camps Burma:
Reptu 30km Camp (25.3.1943)
POW#:
4589
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay.

General Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read Walter Watkins being part of Java Group 3.

Watkins would have worked in several camps in Burma before moving south to the Thai end of the Railway as Williams Force moved frequently.

It is not known when Walter Watkins  arrived in WA.  The first recording on State Electoral Roll is 1925 and he working as a farmhand at Dowerin.  Throughout the years 1931, 1936, 1937 he was working as farmhand at Ejanding, north of Dowerin.
Ejanding was once a small town with a primary school.

Returning from war he married in 1949 to Lila Joan Gibson.  It appears Walter worked as a hospital orderly for the remainder of his working life.  He and Joan are recording living at Byford, East Victoria Park, Rivervale, etc.  He worked as an orderly at Hollywood Repatriation Hospital before 1949.

 

Walter Watkins died in 1974 aged 70 years.

 

Height 5′ 8″

 

Should any descendants or family members read this information about Walter and can provide photographs and further information, please contact this website.  Thank you.

Camp Locations:

  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
  • Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
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