The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Baggs
First Name:
Royal James
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9864
Classification:
Cook
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
6.12.1940
DOB:
21.09.1909
Place of Birth:
Weymouth, Dorset, England
Father's Name:
John Randell Baggs
Mothers's Name:
Eliza Jane Baggs (Rogers)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Warehouseman
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 34.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Non Pladuk, Nacompaton
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kdendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105km
Japan:
Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37
Cause of Death:
Lost at Sea
Place of Death:
South China Sea
Date of Death:
14.09.1944

General Description

Royal James Bagg was born 21 Sept, 1909.  Tragically his mother Eliza Jane died the following day 22 Sept. 1909.  John Randall Baggs and Eliza Jane Rogers had married 1888 Weymouth.  Royal was youngest of about 5 siblings.

It is not known when he sailed to Australia.

His father died Weymouth 1943.

 

Baggs was selected at Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Thai-Burma Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion which sailed from Singapore about July 1942 to SW coast of Burma.  3,000 POWs were divided between Victoria Point, Tavoy and Ye where they repaired and enlarged the loacl airfields left by retreating British.  Three months later, on 1 Oct 1942 Baggs with Green Force was working on the northern most point of the rail link at Kendau 4.8km, then to Thetkaw 14km, to Meiloe 75km and Augganaung 75 before being sent south to Thailand by the Japanese. They wanted to concentrate all the POWs within a smaller area once the rail line was completed.

Please read ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion

And please read about ‘Rakuyo’ Maru

 

Please read further of the men in A Coy No. 4 Platoon

 

 

Baggs married Catherine Augusta Nelson at York about 1931.

 

 

Below:  Catherine’s mother died 1935.

 

Catherine Augusta Baggs died 16 Sept 1965 aged 77 years at Attadale.  She was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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