The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lally
First Name:
Kenneth
Nick Name:
Ken
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9318
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
20.02.1915
Place of Birth:
Northam, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Henry Lally
Mothers's Name:
Jessie Lally
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Storeman and Manager
Memorial:
Yokohama War Cemetery, Plot E, Row A, Grave 9, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan Hospital (7.5.1943 Beri‐Beri and Malaria), Non Pladuk
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
POW#:
4/6307
Japan:
Aramis Party
Cause of Death:
Suffocation
Place of Death:
Below ground in a coal mine, Japan. Soldier was crushed between two coal trucks, dislocating his cervical vertebrae.
Date of Death:
23.03.1945

General Description

Soldier was wounded in action on the west coast of Singapore at 2100 hours on 8.2.1942. He was admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with shrapnel wounds to right leg. Discharged to unit on 21.2.1942.

Ken Lally & Bill Bailie
Ken Lally & Bill Bailie WX9294

Ken and Bill were both selected to work on Thai-Burma Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion.  At Kuii Camp where so many were sick and 2/4th lost many men, Bill was fortunate to live and was evacuated to Non Pladuk.  He remained in Thailand, and at the end of the war was recovered from Ubon.

 

For further reading go to D Company

Ken survived the horrors of working on the Thai-Burma Railway with D Force Thailand V Battalion which endured some of the highest death rates of all Forces working on the railway.  Ken sailed on ‘Aramis’  to Japan in crowded conditions. ‘Aramis’ successfully avoided Allied attack on the unmarked ship.  How unfair he should  die in a a mining accident in Japan and so close to war’s end.

Read about D Force V Battalion

Please read further about Omuta POW Camp, Japan

Lally Ken

Lally

Lally Ken

 

LALLY, Private, KENNETH, WX9318, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 23 March 1945. Age 30. Son of Thomas Henry and Jessie Lally, of West Northam, Western Australia. Grave Ref. Aust. Sec. E. A. 9.

Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan.

Ken Lally is forever remembered for his sacrifice at WW2  Carnamah War Memorial.

 

Ken was only son of Thomas Henry Lally and Jessie Eggleston who married 1912 Perth.    The couple had three daughters, Amy, Doris and Iris.

Tom Lally was eldest of a large family.  Two younger brothers enlisted WW1 joining 11th Battalion.  They fought at Galipolli.  Malcolm Almore Lally born 1898 DOW 1 Aug 1915 aged 19 years.  He was buried Shell Green Cemetery.  Frederick Newland Lally returned to Western Australia 30 April 1919, he married and had a family.

 

Tom Lally died in 1959 and Ken’s mother Jessie died 1970.

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
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