The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Jones
First Name:
Norman
Nick Name:
Taffy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9433
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
DOB:
30.12.1905
Place of Birth:
Mostyn, North Wales
Father's Name:
John Jones
Mothers's Name:
Ann Jones
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Stevedore and Tractor Driver
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row P, Grave 8, Age 37.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, A.G.H. Roberts Barracks (Beri-Beri), Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Kanu II, Hintock
POW#:
8792
Cause of Death:
Avitaminosis and Beri‐Beri
Place of Death:
Chungkai
Date of Death:
11.11.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 886, Chungkai

General Description

 

Taffy was born Mostyn, North Wales to John and Ann Jones.  We believe he sailed from London arriving Fremantle on ‘Barradine’ 6 Nov 1930 aged 24 years.  He recorded his occupation as Motor Driver.

When he enlisted with AIF 4 Dec 1940 he was residing Bunbury working as a stevedore and tractor driver.

 

Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne. Kneeling Harry Norris
Some of C Coy (mostly No 9 Pln) in transit
Rear L-R Kev Moir, Clarrie Henderson, Fred Webb
Front Taffy Jones, Cyril Anderson, Jock Leith, Chris Mc Lennan, Les Marriot, Ern Ricketts, Paddy Byrne, S Morris, Bert Fidge.
Kneeling Harry Norris

 

Six years previous service with Royal Tank Corps.

 

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Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.

 

Tafffy Jones was selected in Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion which departed Singapore Rail /Station mid March 1943 with POWs crowded into small rail carriages for a four day horror journey to Thailand.

Please read further about ‘D’ Force S Battalion

Although we cannot be absolutely positive about which camps Taffy worked on the Burma Line – we do know S Battalion was first at Tarsau, then moved to Konyu II 25 April 1943 after which they were selected into smaller parties and sent to Hintok, Kinsaiyok, etc – all camps working on the Hellfire Pass Cutting.  He was evacuated sick to Chungkai.

 

Norman Jones name is included on the Bunbury WW2 Memorial.

 

Regretfully we are unable to find further information about Taffy’s life.  Should any relatives read this, please contact us at email:

2nd4thmgb@gmail.com

Camp Locations:

  • Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Ban Pong - Thailand
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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