The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Heal
First Name:
Herbert William
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9320
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
29.05.1910
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Herbert William Heal
Mothers's Name:
Elizabeth Heal (nee Weir)
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Hotel Yardman
Memorial:
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A16, Row E, Grave 2, Age 33.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'F' Force Thailand
POW#:
4/6208
Cause of Death:
Beri-Beri and Dysentery
Place of Death:
Tanbaya Hospital Camp Burma
Date of Death:
22.12.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 737, Tanbaya

General Description

Above:  notice of Bertie’s g.grandfather at York 1909.

Herbert’s parents Herbert William Heal b. 1882 York and Elizabeth Weir married about 1910 Perth.  He was eldest of three children.

Herbert William Head (Snr) died in 1939.

 

 

In 1934  and 1937 Electoral Rolls show Bertie residing Moorgate Street, Victoria Park with his parents – working as a clerk.  Before he enlisted, Bertie had moved to Toodyay and was employed as . yardman.

Bertie enlisted 30 Oct 1940 and joined 2/4th’s ‘A’ Coy.   As a POW  at Singapore he was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘F’ Force Thailand which departed by trains beginning 16 May 1943.

‘F’ Force was to endure a tortuous and horrific journey to Thailand to their first work camp, and then conditions did not improve.

Please read further about ‘F’ Force

The majority of POWs who made up ‘F’ Force had been former patients and/or older soldiers.  It is probable Bertie had been hospitalised prior to this selection.

Bertie was evacuated to Tanbaya Hospital Camp in Burma where he died on 22 Dec 1944 aged 33 years.    By December 1944 ‘F’ Force survivors were returning to Changi, Singapore.  Their time on the rail link was not long, but they endured needless deaths because of working conditions and the appalling camp conditions.

Read further about Tanbaya Camp

Funeral service conducted by Chaplain Duckworth (British Army).

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Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tanbaya, 362k - Burma
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