The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Davies
First Name:
David John
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX8855
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 2 Platoon.
Enlisted:
23.10.1940
DOB:
10.11.1906
Place of Birth:
Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Father's Name:
Benjiman Davies
Mothers's Name:
Mary Davies
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row D, Grave 61, Age 37.
Java:
'Blackforce'
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
131km - 133km (26.12.1943) departed 133km Camp arrived Kanchanaburri 13.1.1944
POW#:
4656
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria
Place of Death:
Tamarkan
Date of Death:
10.07.1944
Buried:
Tamarkan Cemetery, Row AX, Grave No. 37.

General Description

McGrath, Davies, Hinds, Parker, Newell, Gregory
McGrath, Davies, Hinds, Parker, Newell, Gregory

 

Davies was AWOL and one of about 90 2/4th men left behind when ‘Aquitania’ sailed from outside Fremantle to Singapore 16 January 1942.

Read further about those AWOL Fremantle

These well-trained  2/4th men were then sent  to Singapore shortly after, intending to be dropped at Java and transhipped to Singapore to join Battalion.

Unfortunately by the time they reached waters off Java it was either the last days of fighting/or it was anticipated the Allies would capitulate to Japan.   Davies became part of the fighting force in Java, taken POW,  was selected with Java Party No. 4 to sail to Singapore where they joined ‘A’ Force to travel to Burma to commence work on the Burma-Railway.

Davies then became part of Williams Force.

Please go to Stories to read about ‘A’ Force and Williams Force and their movements along Burma-Thai Railway.

Davies survived ‘Speedo’,  the toughest challenges and work camps facing William Force and was selected probably at Tamarkan or Kanchanaburi Camps by the Japanese as ‘fit’ to be sent to Japan to work. He marched out on 27th June 1944, became ill on 5th July1944 and returned to Tamarkan Hospital Camp and died 5 days later of cerebral malaria aged 37 years on 5 July 1944.

Funeral service conducted by Chaplain F. X. Corry 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion. Chaplain was assisted by Lt-Col C. Green and Lt. C. Blakeway. Initially buried at Tamarkan Cemetery,  David Davies was finally laid to rest at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery where there are 91other men from the 2/4th Battalion.

 

David Davies departed London on SS ‘Bendigo’ 6 June 1926 to sail to Fremantle.  He was 20 years old and recorded his occupation as Quarryman.
He was recorded living at Metricup in the 1936 Electoral roll, working as a labourer.  Unfortunately we are unable to trace David any further, although we know he was living and working in Coolgardie region when he enlisted.

We ask anyone knowing about David John Davies to please contact us.

Camp Locations:

  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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