The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Jackson
First Name:
Thomas Marshall
Nick Name:
Snake
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX8813
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
Discharged:
22.03.1946
DOB:
4.08.1916
Place of Birth:
Dwellingup, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Jackson
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Jackson
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Millhand and Prospector
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Serangoon Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, T Battalion, Group 18
Camps Thailand:
Non Pladuk
POW#:
4/6257
Return Details 1945:
Saigon‐Bangkok‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Labuan-Morotai- Darwin-Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Jackson T M (Snake)

Left – ‘Snake’ Jackson with brother, Charles George Jackson.

LABUAN, BORNEO 1945-09-24. GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN EX PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARRIVED AT LABUAN AIRSTRIP FROM SINGAPORE WITH MAJOR GENERAL CALLAGHAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 8TH DIVISION. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW : QX16805 DRIVER K. C. HAWES, 2/3RD MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; WX10809 PRIVATE W. J. NICHOLAS, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX6506 PRIVATE J. E. FRASER, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX2995 PRIVATE D. R. STUART, 2/3RD MACHINE GUN BATTALION; SX14921 DRIVER L. L. CHAPMAN 2/2N RESERVE MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; FRONT ROW: VX39088 SERGEANT A. F. SHEPHARD 2/29TH BATTALION; VX48213 CORPORAL H. R. RYAN 2/29TH BATTALION AND WX8813 PRIVATE T. JACKSON 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION.(PHOTOGRAPHER LT A. W. HORNER)
LABUAN, BORNEO 1945-09-24. GROUP OF AUSTRALIAN EX PRISONERS OF WAR WHO ARRIVED AT LABUAN AIRSTRIP FROM SINGAPORE WITH MAJOR GENERAL CALLAGHAN, GENERAL OFFICER COMMANDING 8TH DIVISION. LEFT TO RIGHT, BACK ROW : QX16805 DRIVER K. C. HAWES, 2/3RD MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; WX10809 PRIVATE W. J. NICHOLAS, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX6506 PRIVATE J. E. FRASER, 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION; WX2995 PRIVATE D. R. STUART, 2/3RD MACHINE GUN BATTALION; SX14921 DRIVER L. L. CHAPMAN 2/2N RESERVE MOTOR TRANSPORT COMPANY; FRONT ROW: VX39088 SERGEANT A. F. SHEPHARD 2/29TH BATTALION; VX48213 CORPORAL H. R. RYAN 2/29TH BATTALION AND WX8813 PRIVATE T. JACKSON 2/4TH MACHINE GUN BATTALION.(PHOTOGRAPHER LT A. W. HORNER)

 

‘Snake’ was good mates with Reg Lawer WX8810.  Both men were drivers with ‘B’ Coy.  At Singapore they were both selected with Don Force Thailand, ‘T’ Btn and departed Singapore train station on 14 March 1943.  They were separated with Lawer joining W.O. II John Dooley Party and eventually going to Japan. Lawler survived. Jackson was sent to Saigon 2/2/1945 where he worked at a number of locations including Saigon docks and out of Saigon on aerodromes.    At the end of the war Snake Jackson was recovered 20 September 1945 to Singapore.

While working at Lein Kang, an aerodrome in the jungle in French Indo-China ‘Snake’ and fellow POWs Joe Corkhill, Gunner King from 4 Anti-Tank and Tom Bennett 2/10th Artillery raided the Jap camp and stole some Red Cross parcels.  They were caught and tortured.  Made to lie on their backs the Japanese then poured hot water down their throat until they went ‘out’.  Next the Japanese would then jump on their bellies and throw cold water on their faces to bring them around.  This was repeated over and over again.  Later they were each tied to trees.  Gunner King realised he was not tied too tightly to his tree and wriggled loose.  King walked past the Guard House, saluted the Japanese and reached the jungle before the guards had realised what had taken place.  King remained at large until a few days before the war ended.’  Information from ‘Singapore and Beyond’ by Don Wall.

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He married 23 November 1940 to Nellie Davey.  Jackson died 11 March 1987 aged 70 years.

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