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