The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- William Finlay
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Bruce Rock, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William Finlay Baillie
- Mothers's Name:
- Mary Baillie
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kuii (evacuated sick), Non Pladuk, Ubon
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade.
Mates Baillie and Lally were both with ‘D’ Company.
As POWs at Selarang Camp Singapore they were selected with ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. V Battalion had one of the highest death rates of all parties on the railway. Bill was sick at Kuii where 2/4th lost many men to illness. Fortunately he was evacuated to Non Pladuk – but was not recovered and considered fit to go to Japan. Lally survived to be selected ‘fit’ by the Japanese to go to Japan to work. In Japan, Ken was one of a group of 2/4th working at Omuta mines – conditions were terrible with little regard to the safety of the men. Ken was crushed between two coal trucks in the mine.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
- Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
- Ubon - Thailand ***