The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Harrison
First Name:
Henry Ralph
Nick Name:
Harry
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8733
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 2 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
18.02.1916
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Arthur Ellis
Mothers's Name:
Louisa Ellis
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Miner
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row P, Grave 34, Age 27.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand V Battalion
POW#:
1/7963 & 2251
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Kuii
Date of Death:
15.09.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 163, Kuii

General Description

It is believed Harry and his brother Thomas were adopted and that they supported their parents who were both blind. Arthur’s blindness was caused as a result of service during WW1.

According to Henry’s Commonwelath War Grave, his mother was Louisa Harrison of Norseman.

Harry’s last known address was Norseman where he was employed as a miner.

 

Harry had the misfortune to be selected from Singapore with ‘D’ Force V Battalion which had one of the highest death rates on the Burma-Thai Railway.

He died at Kuii Camp on 15 September 1943 aged 27 years of malaria.  At war’s end his body was interred and buried at Kanchanaburi.  He is one of 91 men from 2/4th.

Read about ‘D’ Force V Battalion

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
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