The Soldier's Details

First Name:
James Lappin
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
‘C’ Company Headquarters
Place of Birth:
Bridgetown, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Arthur Joseph Scott
Mothers's Name:
Alice Mary Scott (nee McAlinden)
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Locomotive Driver
Selarang Camp Changi
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Ye, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105 km
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade.

General Description


Jim Scott enlisted AIF 14 May 1941,  he was selected as one of 246 reinforcements for 2/4th MGB and sailed on ‘Aquitania’ 155 Feb 1942.   He joined ‘C’ Company Headquarters as a reinforcement, and Sgt under Commanding Officer Capt Colin Cameron who also left with ‘A’ Force Burma.

Scott was shell shocked at Ulu Pandan on 12/2/1942 (evacuated).

From Singapore  Jim was selected to work on the Burma end of the Railway.
Read the story of ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3 Battalion  
On completion of railway the Japanese transported all the POWs including  sick (but did not include  very ill and dying) south to Thailand to one of four main large Camps all with hospitals,  such as Tamarkan, which was where Jim was sent.  He was sent to Bangkok to work, and was recovered from here at war’s end.


Read about mail being received in WA

Jim’s mate Jack Edward Smith was successful in sending a Japanese ‘postcard’ to his mother from Moulmein, Burma in 1943 and mentioned Jim Scott and Ted Hardy.


James Lappin Scott was the youngest of four sons and he had four sisters.  His parents Arthur James Scott and Alice Mary McAlinden married 1902 in Bridgetown.  His father Arthur died in 1919 at Deanmill, Blackwood aged 48 years.  Jim was about 9 years old.
In about 1932 Jim Scott married Edna Grace Cross at Bridgetown.  They had 2 children.

Unfortunately we know very little of Jim’s movements after the war.  If any family members should read this page, we would be grateful if you contacted us via our email. (   Thank you.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Ye - Burma
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma