The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Scales
First Name:
James
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8843
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
18.02.1908
Place of Birth:
County Clare, Ireland
Father's Name:
William Scales
Mothers's Name:
Jane Scales
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row M, Grave 14, Age 35.
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/3rd M.G. Bn. POW at Makasura Camp
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Konyu 1, Hintok Road Camp, Chungkai.
POW#:
6920
Cause of Death:
Polyavitaminosis and Dysentery
Place of Death:
Chungkai
Date of Death:
11.09.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 426, Chungkai
Return Details 1945:
Grave No. 426, Chungkai.

General Description

James Scales migrated to WA at age of 20 years, providing his occupation at farmer.  His ship ‘Orford’ departed London on 13 October 1928.

 

James Scales was AWOL when ‘Aquitania’ departed outside Fremantle on 16th January for Singapore.  He was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who were unable to re-board their ship and weeks later the group sailed to Java where it was intended they would be transhipped to Singapore.  However this arrangement never took place as Singapore was already deemed lost to the Japanese.

Read further about the men AWOL

 

Scales remained in Java and was attached to 2/3rd MG Btn.  The Allied troops were all taken POWs of the Japanese and interned.

Read about Java POW Camps.

Jim was selected with Java Party No. 6, O Battalion to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.

Read further about this work Party.

Soldier had been evacuated to Tarsau on 20.8.1943 suffering from malaria. It seems he was evacuated to Chungkai Hospital where he tragically died on 11 September 1943 of Polyavitaminosis and dysentery aged 35 years.

 

 

J Scales

Kanchanaburi War Cemetery,

 

Camp Locations:

  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Hintok, 154k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Makasura - Java
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