The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Heppell
First Name:
Colin Leslie
Nick Name:
Hepp
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX9348
Company:
'C' Company, No 12 Platoon (Section Commander)
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
3.07.1906
Place of Birth:
Niangel, Victoria
Father's Name:
Robert Heppell
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Heppell
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Storekeeper
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 10, Row C, Grave 3-5, Age 38.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Kuii,
POW#:
4/4505 & 2213
Cause of Death:
Colitis
Place of Death:
Kuii
Date of Death:
6.10.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 93, Kuii.

General Description

Colin Heppell spent 12 months with CMF Victoria.

Read about ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion and Kuii Camp

Corporal Colin Heppell was a driver for Col. Anketell.  He died Kuii POW Camp 6 Oct 1943 of Colitis aged 38 years.

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Colin Heppell was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion and departed Singapore by rail to Bampong, Thailand.  The first work camp V Battalion was sent to was Kinsaiyok, then Brankassi. It is probable Colin was then sent to Hindaine before arriving at Kuii where he died in October 1943.

 

Part of a large family, Colin was raised on the Heppell  family farm and attended Colac High School, later joining the National Bank.

He moved to WA in his early twenties.

He married in about 1932 to Alfreda (Freda) Morton in Western Australia.

Prior to enlisting, Colin Heppell and his wife were residing in Gnowangerup where Colin was a storekeeper.  Colin Heppell and his wife Freda were very active community people.  He was involved in and gave his time to many interests as can be read below.

Above is 1936.

1937

Heppell

 

Please read further about the men from Gnowangerup

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
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