The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Arthur Thomas
- Regimental #:
- ‘B’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Brookton, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Jeremiah White
- Mothers's Name:
- Amy White
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Truck Driver and Miner
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Chungkai, Petchaburi, Kachu Mountain Camp
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Brisbane by aircraft, Brisbane-Perth by troop train.
Soldier listed as missing from 10/2/1942. He joined up with ‘A’ Company and fought with them until the surrender on 15/2/1942.
As a POW in Singapore, Arthur was selected to work on the Burma end of Burma-Thai Railway. 3,000 POWs departed Singapore May 1942 sailing to south west coast of Burma on three ships for Victoria Point, Tavoy and Ye.
Green Force No. 3 Battalion included a very large number of 2/4th men. They stopped off at Victoria Point on 21 May where their main task was repairs and enlarging the aerodrome. They remained here until mid September 1942 when A Force began its journey to northern most point of Burma-Thai Railway.
Green Force No. 3 started work on the railway on 1 October 1942 at Kendau 4.8 km Camp.
When the rail link was completed the Japanese began bringing all POWs working in Burma south to Thailand. Many of those too sick to travel remained in Burma with medical staff where they would never recover.
Arthur arrived Tamarkan and quite probably sent to Chungkai Hospital Camp.
During 1944 the Japanese selected fit men to work in Japan. As Arthur was not included we assume he was sick. He was later sent on work parties to Petchaburi and Kachu Mountain Camp from where he was recovered at the end of the war.
Arthur’s parents Jeremiah White was born England and married 1914 Beverley to Amy Alice Louisa Price born SA. Arthur was the eldest of 6 children, 4 boys and 2 girls.
Jeremiah White died 1981 Bassendean and Amy died 1971 at Busselton.
Up until the time he enlisted Arthur appeared to be working and living in Katanning with his parents. His father was Police Sgt.
Returning from war Arthur went back to Katanning. In 1948 he married Doreen Maude Holly. They remained living in Katanning for several years. Arthur was employed as a bus driver. In the 1970s they moved to Busselton.
It is not known if they had a family. Doreen died in Busselton in 2014.
Arthur passed away aged 86yrs of age, June 28 2002, at Busselton, WA.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
- Petchaburi - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma