The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Hindle
First Name:
Herbert Roy
Nick Name:
Roy or Dick
Rank:
Lance Corporal
Regimental #:
WX8869
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
'B' Company
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
DOB:
17.04.1904
Place of Birth:
Pindar, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Lawrence Hindle
Mothers's Name:
Bridget Emily Hindle
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Store Foreman
Memorial:
Labuan War Cemetery, Plot H, Row D, Grave 2, Age 40.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II , Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane
POW#:
4/4509, 8739 & 1548
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Cause of Death:
Rock Fall at Copper mine.
Place of Death:
Yamane
Date of Death:
30.09.1944

General Description

at back F Dorrington back row: J Gregory, L O'neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker
at back F Dorrington
back row: J Gregory, L O’Neill, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle
front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker

 

Soldier aged 40 years, was killed by a fall of rock at Sumitomo Besshi copper mine at Yamane on Shikoku Island Japan on 30.9.1944. His body was cremated and his ashes were carried as far as Labuan Island.
Records show ‘Died after leg severed by fall of stone. (Japanese records state ‘Contusion of the head’).

‘Dick’ Hindle was married to Phyllis May Hindle (nee Harris)  of Palmyra.    They maried in 1927 and had several children.

 

Hindle 1

Hindle 2

 

Hindle 3

 

Hindle Dick

Hindle Pt 1

Hindle Pt 2

 

Roy Hindle enlisted 26 Oct 1940.  He later joined 2/4th MGB as Lance Corporal, Driver/Mechanic with ‘B’ Company.

As POIW in Singapore he was selected to work on Burma0-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion which travelled by train to Thailand 1943.  S Battalion included the largest number of 2/4th men as did ‘A’ Force, Green Force.  Their first real work camp was Konyu II – it was tough working on the Hellfire Pass cutting.  Work conditions were terrible as were camp conditions.  Then tropical illnesses arrived and they combined with the shocking ulcers from injuries from flying shards of rock caused many to be evacuated and many died.

Please read further about ‘D’ Force S Battalion

When the rail link was completed by end of 1943 the POWs were sent to one of the larger camps – depending if you were ill – it would have been initially Tarsau, Tamarkan, Chungkai.  For those who managed to remain fit they were sent to Tamuarang.  Mid 1944 the Japanese began selecting the fit to send to work in Japan.  Firstly they would be checked to see if they carried disease and inoculated.  Finally they were taken by train back to Singapore, accommodated at River Valley Road Camp to await a ship.  Of course they worked whilst here.

They sailed on ‘Rashin’ Maru better known as ‘Byoki’ Maru – the sick ship.  This became a 70  day horror journey – but  they survived marauding American Submarines, a typhoon hunger and thirst.  Most men were sent to YAMANE, then Niihama where they worked in the mines.  It was at Yamane that tragically Dick Hindle was killed during a rock fall on 30 Sep 1944.  Dick was 40 years old.

 

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
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