The Soldier's Details

Surname:
McCarthy
First Name:
Jack
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9324
Company:
'D' Company, No. 13 Platoon.
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
18.09.1918
Place of Birth:
Dangin, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Michael Jack McCarthy
Mothers's Name:
Catherine (Kate) McCarthy (nee Carey)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row G, Grave 70, Age 24.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
POW#:
4/6361 & 2277
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Linson Camp, Thailand
Date of Death:
21.07.1943
Buried:
Linson Camp Cemetery, Grave No. l.

General Description

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.

 

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McCarthy

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
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