The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Barrymore
First Name:
Frederick Markwell
Nick Name:
Bill
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9589
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘D‘ Company
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
DOB:
2.09.1908
Place of Birth:
Peppermint Grove, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Frederick William Barrymore
Mothers's Name:
Cora Henrietta Banymore
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Traveller
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row F, Grave 47, Age 35.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand V Battallion
Camps Thailand:
Kuii
POW#:
2221
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Non Pladuk, Hospital Camp No. 2
Date of Death:
21.12.1943
Buried:
Non Pladuk Grave No. 1

General Description

Soldier wounded in action on 9.2.1942, he then made his way to the General Base Depot and was admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital on 10.2.1942 with shrapnel wounds to his left arm and chest. Discharged to unit on 21.2.1942.

Bill Markwell was selected from Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion which endured heavy loss of life. He became seriously ill with malaria at Kuii Camp and was evacuated to Non Pladuk Hospital Camp No. 2 where he tragically  died on 21 December 1943 aged 35 years.  Initially buried at Non Pladuk his body was moved to Kanchanaburi War Cemetery after the war.  There are 92 men from 2/4th at this cemetery.

Frederick Markwell Barrymore was one of three children born to Frederick William Barrymore and Cora Henrietta Markwell. Barrymore had two sisters Annette and Olwyn.

In 1940 Barrymore married Esme ‘Katherine’ Markwell.  His mother had died in 1939 and his father died in 1940.

 

Please read further about ‘D’ Force V Battalion

 

Barrymore wedding West Australian (Perth, WA _ 1879 - 1954), Friday 4 July 1941, page 1

Barrymore P 1West Australian (Perth, WA _ 1879 - 1954), Tuesday 7 August 1945, page 1

Barrymore

 

Photograph taken Kanchanaburi War Cemetery January 2018.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kuii, Kui Yae, 185.6k - Thailand
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