The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Dickie
First Name:
Gordon Thomas
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted 14.6.1941)
Regimental #:
WX9328
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
4.09.1953
DOB:
26.04.1910
Place of Birth:
Risbridge, Suffolk, England
Father's Name:
Thomas Dickie
Mothers's Name:
Gladys Dickie
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Baru; Adam Park ; Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Konyu II, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane, Nihama
POW#:
1/7508, 8769 and 4766
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama‐Okinawa, USS Sanctuary, Okinawa-Manila USS Bingham, Manila-Morotai, Darwin by PBY Catalina aircraft A24-206, Darwin-Perth by aircraft.

General Description

Whilst in Singapore he was admitted to AGM with beri beri on 13 June 1942 and again on 21 August 1942.

Gordon Dickie was selected to work on Burma-Thail Railway with D Force, S Battalion which departed by train from Singapore on  14 March 1943.  S Battalion firstly worked a few weeks at Tarsau Camp (D Force  Headquarters) before moving to Konyu II in the area of Hellfire Pass.  He was in Thailand from 25 April 1943 to 15 March 1943.

He was selected from Tamuang Camp to work in Japan, sailing on Byoki Maru a journey which took 70 days to reach Moji, Japan.

Gordon was recovered from Niihama Camp at the end of the war.

Gordon Dickie arrived at Fremantle from London in 1928 on the SS Barcoola.  He was 18 years of age and it was recorded he was a sawmiller.  Prior to boarding the Barcoola Gordon was staying at Kincardineshire.

Unfortunately we have no record of where he worked either before the war or after.

He died in 1956 at Darlington, aged 46 years and is buried at Karrakatta.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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