The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Clarke
First Name:
Basil William James
Rank:
Lance Corporal (Promoted on 18.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX9136
Company:
'C' Company, No. 12 Platoon (Section Corporal)
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
22.02.1946
DOB:
25.12.1915
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Jesse Clarke
Mothers's Name:
Daisy Linda Clarke
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan Hospital Camp No. 2, December 1943, Bankok, Nacompaton from April 1944 to September 1944.
Camps Burma:
Evacuated from Aungganaung 105km to Khonkan 55km Camp on 3.7.1943 with a tropical ulcer. Soldier’s right leg was amputated through middle of thigh 22.9.1943.
POW#:
2743
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Sydney, HMT Highland Chieftan, Sydney-Melboume-Perth by troop train

General Description

Basil Clarke was involved at the fighting at Ulu Pandan Hill 200.

 

Dr Albert Coates and Dr Claude Anderson (2/4th) operated to amputate Clarke’s tropical ulcerated right leg in September 1943.

Whilst recovering at Nacopamton Clarke became good friends with another amputee  Bill Reynolds of 2/3rd Btn.  Their friendship continued throughout their lives even though Bill Reynolds lived interstate.

Having been a farmer before he went to war, Clarke was determined to continue his life with the family farm at Wongan Hills, which he did successfully until he retired and his son took over.

Read about Dr Claude Anderson and Dr Albert Coates.

Also read about Basil’s visit to the Alhambra Bar.

Read about how small the population of WA was at that time.

Howe & Clarke

Basil’s arrival safely home is included in the local newspaper.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
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