The above photograph was taken just before rain.
WX7851 HARRIS, CHARLES was selected in Singapore with the ill-fated ‘B’ Force to sail to Sandakan, Sabah. He died on 27 May 1945 aged 31 years, however his Japanese records do not state how/why he died. We do know there were orders to ensure no POWs survived. All except 6 men who escaped managed to escape survive the appalling Sandakan incident.
WX7617 SCADDEN, HARRY (Fairbridge Farm schoolboy) as POW was selected Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway from the Burma end with ‘A’ Force, Green Force No. 3 Battalion. At the end of ‘Speedo’ Harry was evacuated to Tamarkan Hospital Camp in Thailand and died on 22 April 1944 of cerebral malaria aged 29 years.
Above: men from Boyanup who enlisted. Of the three men who were with 2/4th, Claude Knott was the only one to survive.
WX7616 KNOTT, CLAUDE (Fairbridge Farm schoolboy) was selected in Singapore to work on the Burma end of the Railway with ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3 Battalion (as was Harry Scadden). On his return from Burma to Thailand at the completion of the railway, Claude was selected as being fit to sail to Japan to work. He sailed with ‘Awa Maru’ and sent to the notorious No 17 Omuta Camp. Claude survived to return to Western Australia.