The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Francis Thomas
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
'C' Company
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas McGlinn
Mothers's Name:
Helen 'Ellen' Margaret McGlinn (nee Wilkie)
Pre-war Occupation:
Selarang Camp Changi, Thompson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp), River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II , Kanu I River Camp, Tarsau, Chungkai, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane, Nihama
3/8884, 8818, 78 (Rashin Maru) & 499
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary, Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham, Manila-Morotai-Darwin, PBY Catalina aircraft A24-354, Darwin-Perth, B24 Liberator aircraft.

General Description

Soldier wounded in action at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan on 11/2/1942 and admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to his left foot. Discharged to unit on 26/2/1942.

Read the “Diary of Frank McGlinn WX8478 at wars end“.

After the end of war, Frank returned home to discover his widowed mother had been murdered in 1943.  She had been assaulted and killed by a man she did not know.  It would have been a devastating blow for the McGlinn family and shocking news for Frank.   He initially lived in Bunbury with one of his sisters and it was here he wrote his memoirs.  Frank McGlinn was residing in Bunbury when he died in a work related accident 22 November 1948, he was 39 years old.  

When he began working in Bunbury it appears Frank took a strong interest in the worker’s conditions and became proactive.


It appears Frank died in a work related incident.


Life was unfair for Frank.  He had survived the horrors of life working on the Burma-Thai Railway, survived the ‘Byoki Maru’ journey to Japan, working in the copper mines in and returned home to his family to learn his widowed mother had been murdered in 1943.  Frank never returned to farming.  He had barely got back on his feet, was working and died in an accident.


Frank’s parents married in York in 1906.  His mother ‘Ellen’ Wilkie was born in Nhill, Victoria in 1890 and died in Perth 1943.     His father Thomas McGlinn was born in York 1906  and died Perth 1932.  Frank was their only son and second child.  He had three sisters.  Older sister Jean died a year later in November 1949 in Bunbury.


Frank’s father Thomas served in WW1.  Above are his death notices in 1922.

Prior to enlisting Frank was recorded in the Electoral Rolls from 1936  and Directories up to 1941 as farming at Nungarin.  He was 31 years old when he enlisted.

Thomas McGlinn is older brother to James Edmund McGlinn whose son Donald is first cousin to Frank.

Donald ‘Don’ McGlinn WX11580  died in 1943 at Tarsau.


Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan