The Soldier's Details

Surname:
MacMaster
First Name:
Hector Cecil Stanley
Nick Name:
Jock or Scotty
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 11.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX8689
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
22.11.1908
Place of Birth:
Leslie, Scotland
Father's Name:
John MacMaster
Mothers's Name:
Catherine MacMaster
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Carpenter
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row J, Grave 53, Age 37.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II
POW#:
8741
Cause of Death:
Beri‐Beri
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
25.07.1943
Buried:
Cemetery No. 2, Grave No. 146, Tarsau on 26.7.1943.

General Description

MacMaster played the bag pipes.  When asked to play he would usually reply with his Scottish accent “Fook the pipes”.

He had managed to chop off one of his big toes whilst timber cutting.

Whille in Singapore he was selected with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.  He departed by train from Singapore Station on 14 March 1943.  On 25 July 1943, MacMaster died of beri-beri at Tarsau Camp,Thailand.  He was 37 years old.

Today he rests at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery with 91 mates from the 2/4th.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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