The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Evans
First Name:
Benjamin a.k.a. Benjamin Tiley-Evans
Nick Name:
Ben
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9497
Company:
‘D’ Company, No. 14 Platoon then No. 16 Platoon.
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
Discharged:
4.07.1946
DOB:
17.08.1916
Place of Birth:
South Wales
Father's Name:
Tudor Evans
Mothers's Name:
Tydfil Irene Evans
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Employee
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); Selarang Barracks Changi; Returned to Singapore from Railway construction to Changi Gaol Camp Hospital; Kranji Hospital Camp Woodlands from 28.5.1944
Force:
‘F’ Force, Thailand
Camps Thailand:
Shimo Sonkurai (medical orderly), Kami Sonkurai
POW#:
1/11725
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Labuan, 2/1st H.M. Australian Hospital Ship Manunda; Labuan -Darwin-Broome-Perth, PBY Catalina aircraft; Admitted to 110(P)MH on 2.10.1945

General Description

 

He was shell-shocked at Buona Vista and evacuated on 15 Feb 1942 having made his way back to ‘B’ Company area following the Japanese landing on 8th & 9th February.

Ben was selected in Singapore with ‘F’ Force to work on the Burma-Thai Railway and departed by train on the 20 April 1943.

Please read about ‘F’ Force

It was reported Ben did an excellent job as a medical orderly at Shimo Sonkurai Hospital from 24 July to 1 August 1943.    He contracted dysentery at Kami Sonkurai and was hospitalised from 26 Sept to 2 Oct 1943.

When he returned to Singapore (following completion of railway link majority of POWs were sent south to one of the large Camp Hospitals or in the case of ‘F’ Force, returned to Singapore where Ben was hospitalised at Changi Hospital and in May 1944 sent to Woodlands (Kranji Hospital)  from where he was recovered at the end of the war on 31 August 1945.

 

 

Horton & Evans Tuesday 2 October 1945, page 5

2nd October, 1945.

Camp Locations:

  • Kranji Camp Woodlands - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
  • Shimo Sonkurai, 288k - Thailand
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