The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Allen
First Name:
Thomas William
Nick Name:
Tubby
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17915
Classification:
Cook
Company:
'E' Company Headquarters, Special Reserve Battalion
Enlisted:
8.12.1941
Discharged:
11.01.1946
DOB:
25.05.1905
Place of Birth:
Durham, England
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Margaret Ellen Prince
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Taxi Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp & Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, V Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kinsaiyok, Brankassi, Hindaine, Non Pladuk, Ubon
POW#:
4/5871
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Bridgade.

General Description

Rear L-R T.Allen & H.Wilkes Front L-R M.Wilkins, T.Gough & N.Flarty
Rear L-R T.Allen & H.Wilkes
Front L-R M.Wilkins, T.Gough & N.Flarty

 

 

September 1945

 

Allen enlisted AIF 8 Dec 1941.

He was ‘scooped’ up with the reinforcements for 2/4th, given leave, returned to Northam Army Camp and entrained   to Fremantle to board ‘Aquitania’ anchored in Gage Roads on 15 January 1942.  According to above newspaper items he had been with the AIF for two years.
Having survived the Japanese Ambush of ‘E’ Company Allen was taken POW and interned at Selarang Camp. He was sent to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force V Battalion.  Please read further about this ill-feted work party.
Sent to Kinsaiyok Cutting he worked here with Les Riches and Lou Lonsdale prior to moving to Brankassi and Hindaine Camps.
Tom Allen was recovered at the end of the war from Ubon, Thailand.

 

 

Tom married Ethel Smith in Perth 1931. They had three children prior to his enlistment with AIF.

We would like to confirm the following information is correct.

Ethel died 1977 at Bellvue aged 68 years. Tom died 19 July 1985 at Bassendean aged 78 years.  Both were buried at Midland Cemetery.
Should members of the Allen family read this, can you please contact us email:  2nd4thmgb@gmail.com

We would love to learn more about the Alllen family.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Brankassi, Prang Kasi, 208k - Thailand
  • Hindaine, Kui Mang 200k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Ubon - Thailand ***
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