The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Baillie
First Name:
William Finlay
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9294
Classification:
Batman/Runner
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
15.07.1920
Place of Birth:
Bruce Rock, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Finlay Baillie
Mothers's Name:
Mary Baillie
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Hairdresser
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kuii (evacuated sick), Non Pladuk, Ubon
POW#:
4/5889
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade.

General Description

Ken Lally & Bill Bailie
Ken Lally WX9318 died coal mine, Japan March 1945 & Bill Bailie

 

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.

Please read about D Force V Battalion

Camp Locations:

  • 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 ***
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