The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Regimental #:
- 'D' Company, No. 13 Platoon.
- Place of Birth:
- Dangin, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Michael Jack McCarthy
- Mothers's Name:
- Catherine (Kate) McCarthy (nee Carey)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 70, Age 24.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- 'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
- 4/6361 & 2277
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Linson Camp, Thailand
- Date of Death:
- Linson Camp Cemetery, Grave No. l.
Jack enlisted October 1940. He became part of ‘D’ Company in the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion; trained in South Australia and Darwin, NT. prior to sailing to Singapore where he was to be soon taken POW of the Japanese.
He was selected from Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion departing Singapore about 17 March 1943 by train to Thailand.
V Battalion was to endure some of the harshest working/living conditions and suffered one of the highest death rates on the Railway. About four months later, Jack succumbed to malaria at Linson Camp, Thailand aged 24 years. Several 2/4th mates from V Battalion also died about this time either at Linson or nearby camps.
Today Jack rests at the Kanchanburi War Cemetery with 91 mates from the 2/4th.
For further reading D Company
Also read about ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
Jack’s parents Michael Jack McCarthy and Catherine (Kate) Carey married in 1915. Jack was their second son. He had at least an older brother and two younger sisters. When Jack died in
Thailand in 1943 his parents were residing at Midland Junction.
Prior to enlisting Jack was employed as a farmhand at Dangin.
Plaque at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 70
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand