The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Harris
First Name:
William Denis
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8695
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
2.05.1946
DOB:
1.06.1903
Place of Birth:
Birmingham, England
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Java:
'Blackforce', attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion
Force:
‘ A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4 Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi
POW#:
4653
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia

General Description

William Harris was AWOL at Fremantle when ‘Aquitania’ when sailing from Fremantle on 16 January 1942.

He was one of 98 2/4th men who soon after sailed to Java.  He was TOS 2/2nd Pioneers.

Harris was with No. 4 Party to leave Changi 14th October 1942 having transferred from Java on 12th October 1942.

He was with Wlliams Force.

Was hospital camp beri beri (probably Thanbyuzayat)

No. 3 Camp Kanchanaburi 25.3.1944

He was recovered from Thailand at war’s end.  Arrived ‘Circassia’ 18th October 1945.

 

It is believed Harris arrived Fremantle from London on SS Borda on 12 October 1926.

Died 21 July 1977 at Fremantle aged 77 years.

 

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