The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Fogarty
First Name:
Cyril Alban
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX7709
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
‘A' Company, No. 6 Platoon.
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
8.08.1946
DOB:
12.06.1902
Place of Birth:
Sydney, New South Wales
Father's Name:
Daniel Alban Fogarty
Mothers's Name:
Florence Catherine Fogarty (nee Jeffery)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Nikhe‐Nikhe, Nacompaton
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung, Thanbyazat,
POW#:
2763
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle 2/1st H.M. Australian Hospital Ship Manunda

General Description

 

Cyril Fogarty was the eldest of a family of 10 children.  Although he was born in NSW the remainder of his siiblings were born in WA’s south-west.

In 1925 Electoral Roll Cyril was recorded working as horse-driving and residing at Group 38, McLeods Creek as was his mother and some of his siblings.  It is highly likely the Fogarty family took up this property as in 1930 Daniel Fogarty, Cyril’s father died.

In later Electoral Rolls Cyril was recorded in 1936 living at Minnivale (Toodyay area) working as a contractior, then prior to his enlistment he was residing at Mt. Barker working as a labourer.

In 1939 Cyril married Cora E Ward at Mt Barker.

A Coy H'qtrs - standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back - Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully
A Coy H’qtrs – standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back – Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully

 

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Cyril Fogarty was selected from Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion which departed Singapore and sailed for Burma 14 May 1942.

Green Force disembarked at Victoria Point where a group remained working in the town and on the wharves whilst the remaining men headed out of town to repair and enlarge the airfield and build roads.

Cyril left Victoria Point and sailed to Tavoy where he joined an exisiting workforce from ‘A’ Force to complete the airfield before heading for the start of the Railway in Burma, over the border from Thailand.  At Tavoy he was recorded at RAP on 7 October 1942 and was discharged to Kendau 4.8 km Camp.

He was also recorded at RAP at Thetkaw 29 January 1943.

At Thanbyuzat he was a mechanic arriving 16 April 1943.

At Augganaung 105 km Camp he was again recorded at RAP 3 December 1943.

Cyril’s name was included on a list cabled from Red Cross Committee Geneva via Japan, he was wounded during Allied bombing raid on 15 June 1945.  2/4th POW Fury, was killed on the same day at Thanbyuzat.

 

He was evacuated with most of the POWs from working on the railway in Burma to Tamarkan and from here was included as a medical orderly with a Japanese Specialist Party on 20 March 1944 believed to be at Nacompaton.

At the end of the war Cyril was recovered from Thailand on 20 Sept 1945.  He was discharged at Fremantle 18 October 1945 having sailed home on Manunda Hospital Ship.

 

Read further about ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion

Cyril Fogarty died on 25 October 1970.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Nikhe Wood Camp, Ni Thea, 131 Kilo, 284k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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