The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Minchin
First Name:
Thomas Albert Henry
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9222
Classification:
Driver/Mechanic
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
15.10.1910
Place of Birth:
Earlstown Lane, England
Father's Name:
Thomas Charles Minchin
Mothers's Name:
Edith Emily Minchin
Religion:
Salvation Army
Pre-war Occupation:
Rock Driller
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma; Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Nakom Nayok
POW#:
1497
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa

General Description

Thomas Minchin married about 1937 to Margaret Wittem. Margaret is sister to Frances (Eileen) Hodgson (nee Wittem), sister-in-law to (Tim) Leonard Sydney Hodgson WX9231.  That is Tim’s brother John Thomas Hodgson married Frances (Eileen) Hodgson.

The Minchin and Hodgson families would have known each other from farming in Denmark.

Thomas Minchin was the eldest of 8 children born to parents Thomas (Snr) and Edith Emily Godsell.  There were 6 boys and two girls born in England.

The Minchin family arrived at Albany from London in January 1927 on ‘Verdic’.  The family moved to Denmark to farm with Group 41 Settlement.  Thomas (Jnr) was aged about 15 years.

After the war Thomas and wife Margaret remained living in the Denmark/Albany region.  The couple lived/farmed at Youngs Siding for at least 25 years from mid 1950’s.  In about 1980 Thomas and Margaret then moved to Albany although they maintained their farming interest.
Thomas Minchin aged 95 died in Albany on 25 June 2005.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
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