The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Leahy
First Name:
Michael John
Nick Name:
Jack
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9312
Company:
'B' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
19.06.1946
DOB:
10.11.1916
Place of Birth:
Toodyay, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Michael Joseph Leahy
Mothers's Name:
Mary Leahy
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmer & Truck Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'J' Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Mitsubishi wharves), Notogawa sub-Camp No. 9, Osaka (19.5.1945 -10.9.1945)
POW#:
3/ 8491, 795
Japan:
Wales Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Yokahama-Okinawa, U.S. Navy hospital ship, Okinawa Manila, B24 Liberator, Manila-Morotai-Darwin-Adelaide-Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action at Tengah on 9/2/1942. The Japanese had located his section and zeroed in on them. Admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital at Alexandra Hospital with a shrapnel wound his left arm. Transferred to No. 2 Convalescent Depot on 12/2/1942. Discharged to unit on 15/2/1942.
Soldier was admitted to Kobe Hospital for 3 months and to Osaka Stadium POW Hospital, Ichioka for 6 months. On his return to Australia he was admitted to 110 (P)MH for 2 months.

Jack was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

L-R: Jim Wedge, Tom Hampton, Jack Leahy, John Gilmour, Bill Davies

Jack passed away aged 89yrs, January 12 2006, at Mandurah, WA.

For further reading go to  Affadavit by Leahy

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Notogawa, Osaka #9-B - Japan
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