Nakom Chassi - Thailand
Several 2/4th were part of a group of 100 Australians that arrived at Nakom Chassi Camp on 20th May 1945 to reinforce the 300 Dutch already in residence. They remained at this camp until the end of the war.
The Camp was located to the west of Bangkok approximately half way between Bangkok and Nacompaton. The work here was similar to that at Ratburi and Petchaburi.
A suspension bridge that crossed the north-south flowing Nakom Chassi River had been destroyed and to enable freight to cross the river was ferried by boat and loaded onto another train. The Australians were split into two working parties of about 50 men each. Working alongside their fellow Dutch Prisoners of War, the Australians dug and maintained canals. Early in July some of the prisoners were also put to digging air raid shelters alongside the line near the canal. These had to be built above ground due to the amount of water laying about. Anti-Aircraft weapon pits were excavated for the Japanese.
Below is Affidavit by WX5425 Corproral Tom Fitzgerald concerning the brutality of a guard known as ‘Scarface’ – in May 1945.
2/4th men who worked at Nakom Chassi included:
WX5425 Corp. Thomas Martin FITZGERALD
WX53335 Pte. William Marcus GIDDENS
WX15247 Corp. Keith George GRIFFITH
WX8702 Pte. Gilbert JAPP
WX7784 L/CPL John Wilfred SMITH
WX13552 Pte. Roy SMITH
WX9827 Pte. Reginald Harold STRIBLING