The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Green
First Name:
Thomas William
Nick Name:
Tommy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8540
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
18.10.1940
DOB:
3.01.1918
Place of Birth:
Wagin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas William Green
Mothers's Name:
Elsie 'May' Green
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 24.
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma Java Party No. 4, Black Force
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
1716
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 1 Camp
Date of Death:
22.01.1945

General Description

Transported to Kuching and joined ‘E’ Force at Sandakan.

GREEN, Private, THOMAS WILLIAM, WX8540, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 22 January 1945. Age 24. Son of Thomas William and May Green; husband of Sylvia Madeline Green, of Perth, Western Australia. Panel 18.

Labuan Memorial, Malaysia.

Tom 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 Green, aged 24, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22 January 1945. He was the son of Thomas William and May Green, and the husband of Sylvia Madeline Green, of Perth, WA.

 

Tommy’s father William Edward Green was born 1886 at Jarrahdale to a large family.  He died 1971 at Fremantle.  His wife Elsie May Blandford was born 1899 Camberwell, Surrey, England.  The 1911 Census records show Elsie aged 12 a scholar, residing with her widowed mother Mary Blandford aged 43 years, working as a needlewoman.  Her father had died in England 1902.  It is not known when Elsie arrived in Western Australia.

Tommy’s parents resided for many years at John Street, Cottesloe and as late at 1963, Thomas (Snr) recorded his occupation as horse driver.  He enlisted WW2 with the Army Citizen Military Forces.

Thomas William Green married 1940 at Katanning to Sylvia Madeline King. It is believed Sylvia later remarried.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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