The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Bartlett
First Name:
Michael Arthur
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9361
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘C’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
2.11.1940
DOB:
16.04.1917
Place of Birth:
Albany, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Michael Bartlett
Mothers's Name:
Mary Baker Bartlett (nee Muir)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row K, Grave 47, Age 28.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park , Selerang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion
POW#:
3/6887 & 8754
Cause of Death:
Beri-Beri and Dysentery
Place of Death:
Tarsau
Date of Death:
7.12.1943
Buried:
454 No. 2 Cemetery, Tarsau.

General Description

Whilst at Selarang Barracks Singapore, Michael was selected with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on Thai-Burma Railway.  He departed by train on a horror 4 day and night trip to Thailand on 14 March 1943.

‘D’ Force S Battalion included the largest number of men from the 2/4th than any other work force.

After arriving at Non Pladuk, Thailand,  Michael’s group was trucked to Tarsau where they worked for several weeks.  Tarsau was in fact the HQ camp for ‘D’ Force.  The group was then moved to Konyu II to work near the Hellfire Pass cutting.  The work conditions here were terribly hard, cutting in the rock face, using hammer and tap, avoiding explosives.  The men worked long hours and the Japanese were brutal.  Many men became sick with tropical diseases and ulcers mostly on the lower legs caused by flying rock splints.  Cholera broke out.

200 men from S Battalion were sent to assist the Force working at Hintock Road Camp.  We cannot be absolutely sure  about where Michael worked because men were often pulled out of groups to work at nearby projects for a week, 2 weeks, then returned. Records were not kept on their movements, only when the men were sick and these records were kept by the medical officers. S Battalion however, remained working around Kanyu II, Kinsaiyok and Hintok area. Michael would have been evacuated to Tarsau hospital where he died, he would have been accompanied by other men from 2/4th.

Tragically he died 7th Dec 1943 at Tarsau Hospital Camp from beri beri and dysentery aged 28 years.  Initially he was buried at Tarsau however after the war his body was laid to rest at Kanchanaburi War cemetery with 91 mates from the 2/4th.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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