Sgt John Maurice RUTHERFORD, HQ COY, No. 1 Signals
Took Command of 1 Platoon following deaths of Lt Curnow, Lt. Royce, Sgt Ben Hansen Hill 200, Ulu Pandan 12 Feb 42
John Rutherford died 13 Oct Chungkai Hospital Camp aged 22 years, following evacuation from Burma-Thai Railway with D Force, V Battalion
WX15893 Stephen Edward ‘Ted’ ROOTS
b. 1921 Albany, enlisted 2/4th MGB, reinforcement ‘A’ Coy
POW sent Korea with Japan ‘B’ Party
Released by Russians at Konan Carbide Factory, Korea
Returned to Albany after war
WX8228 LANCE SGT NORMAN HERBERT GRANT
DRIVER TO ‘C’ COY HQ
LEFT SINGAPORE WITH ‘A’ FORCE GREEN FORCE NO. 3 BATTALION TO WORK BURMA END OF BURMA-THAI RAILWAY – SURVIVED TO BE SELECTED TO WORK JAPAN SAILED WIH ‘AWA’ MARU PARTY TO WORK NO.17 OMUTA MINE WHERE HE WAS UNDERGROUND SUPERVISOR, RETURNED FROM MANILA ON HMAS SPEAKER TO SYDNEY, THEN DOMINION MONARCH SYDNEY TO FREMANTLE.
Burma. c. February 1945. An action picture taken on an unidentified part of Burma-Thailand railway. The railway embankment was badly damaged in an attack by RAF Liberator bomber aircraft of Strategic Air Force, Eastern Air Command (We wish to acknowledge AWM)
Tamarkan Camp, Thailand. c. September 1945. View of Tamarkan POW camp showing rows of huts with thatched attap roofs & open walls. It was adjacent to two bridges which spanned Mae Klong River (renamed Kwai Yai River 1970). 65 km north of Nong Pladuk (also known as Non Pladuk) & five kilometres north of Kanchanaburi. Photographed by War Graves Commission survey party whose task was to locate POW cemeteries & grave sites along Burma-Thailand railway. They took opportunity to recover equipment & documents which had been secretly buried, under instructions from senior POW officers, in the graves of deceased POWs. (We acknowledge and thank AWM)
CHANGI MAIN GATE SEPT 1945
WX8986 Sgt David HOLM 7 PLATOON 2/4TH MGB
WIA Pasir Panjang 14.2.1942 received GSWs to skull, right hand & legs. Died cerebral abscess 1900 hours on 2.3.1942 aged 24 years. HOLM born England.
WX7937 Harold George BLAKISTON
Worked Burma-Thai Railway with D Force S Btn
Recovered from Thailand at end of war
WX9261 John Nicholas CAIMANOS
with 4 brothers played cricket for Elleker, near Albany
worked Burma-Thai Railway with D Force S Btn
Returned Fremantle Oct ’45 HMT Moreton Bay –
John had his share of bashings & illness – Arriving Fremantle fell on gangplank & broke his arm!
WX9336 JACK GORRINGE
Sent with ‘F’ Force Thailand 1943 to work Burma-Thai Railway
Gorringe for nearly two years, was most senior 2/4th NCO at Changi – placed in change of cookhouse.
Survived to return to Singapore. Younger brother WX9335 Sydney Gorringe worked on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion. Syd’s left leg was amputated below the knee due to a tropical ulcer on 30 Sep1943.
Jack & Syd Gorringe returned to Australia.
WX7166 HERBERT STANLEY WERRETT
DOW Alexandra Hospital, Singapore 14 Feb 1942 42 Years
Werrett had been listed as missing in action from 11 Feb 1942.
It is a possibility he was at Ulu Pandan.
KALGOORLIE BORN BROTHERS JACK & RON GREGORY
Enlisted AIF 1940, Jack joined ‘B’ Coy, and Ron ‘A’ Coy
They joined ‘F’ Force Thailand entrained in 1943
Jack died June 1943 Cholera, Shimo SonkuraI & Ron survived to returned to Singapore at end of 1943.