The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Thackrah
First Name:
Cyril Bernard
Nick Name:
Barney
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 14.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX8699
Company:
Headquarters Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
4.02.1903
Place of Birth:
Reading, Berkshire, England
Father's Name:
Charles Thackrah
Mothers's Name:
Maria Felcia Thackrah
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A16, Row F, Grave 2, Age 40.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘F’ Force Thailand
POW#:
4/6709 & 1490
Cause of Death:
Dysentery and Malaria
Place of Death:
Tanbaya
Date of Death:
19.09.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 226, Tanbaya

General Description

Height 5′ 9 1/2″

Cyril was AWOL from Aquitania when anchored at Gauge Roads off Fremantle on 15th January 1942, however  managed to get back on-board next morning at 9.00am.  He was find 40/- (Shillings).

Cyril Bernard Thackrah, known as Barney was selected with ‘F’ Force Thailand to work on the Burma-Thai railway

Please read the story of ‘F’ Force Thailand.

Barney died at Tanbaya Camp of dysentery and malaria on 19 September 1943 aged 40 years.

Funeral service by Chaplain Duckworth (British Army) on 15.11.1943.

 

 

 

 

 

Thackrah

 

 

Cyril was one of a large family (12 children) born to Charles Thackrah and Maria Felicia Payne in Berkshire, England.

Cyril’s older brother Dudley migrated to WA in 1921 at the age of 19 years,  however he died in 1931 at Katanning (see below).  Another brother Charles Gilbert born in 1889 died in France serving with a British unit, WW1.

 

Cyril’s father died in 1915 and his mother in 1934, both in England.

 

It seems James and Cyril were the only members of Thackrah family to migrate to WA.  We are unable to confirm when Cyril arrived, however they were both residing in the Katanning region in 1931.  As newspaper reports show, the brothers had each made court appearances, and sadly James was to die at the age of 29 years.  We should remember these were tough and challenging times for many people – it was difficult to find permanent work and there was no social welfare.  If you didn’t have a job, then where could you live without an income to pay rent.  They did not have family to fall back to when the ‘going was tough’.

 

The above was in the newspaper 9 September 1931.

 

And Below: 28 September 1931, Southern Districts Advocate Newspaper.

 

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tanbaya, 362k - Burma
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