The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company, No. 13 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Northam, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Thomas Henry Lally
- Mothers's Name:
- Jessie Lally (nee Eggleston)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Storeman and Manager
- Yokohama War Cemetery, Plot E, Row A, Grave 9, Age 30.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘D’ Force Thailand V Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan Hospital (7.5.1943 Beri‐Beri and Malaria), Non Pladuk
- Camps Japan:
- Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17, Omuta
- Aramis Party
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Below ground in a coal mine, Japan. Soldier was crushed between two coal trucks, dislocating his cervical vertebrae.
- Date of Death:
Lally was working at Eric H. GURR’s General Store in Carnamah from September 1939 until mid 1940 when he enlisted AIF. Lally was also a member of Carnamah cricket team in 1940.
Bill Baillie, Doug Carter were also working in Carnamah.
Carter was a clerk with a bank, also survived and returned home returning to banking.
Lally with ‘D’ Coy 13 Platoon was wounded in action on the west coast of Singapore at 2100 hours on 8.2.1942. He was admitted to 2/13th Australian General Hospital with shrapnel wounds to right leg. Discharged to unit on 21.2.1942.
Ken and Bill were both selected to work on Thai-Burma Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, V Battalion. At Kuii Camp where so many were sick and 2/4th lost many men, Bill was fortunate to live and was evacuated to Non Pladuk. He remained in Thailand, and at the end of the war was recovered from Ubon.
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Ken survived the horrors of working on the Thai-Burma Railway with D Force Thailand V Battalion which endured some of the highest death rates of all Forces working on the railway. Ken sailed on ‘Aramis’ to Japan in crowded conditions. ‘Aramis’ successfully avoided Allied attack on the unmarked ship.
How unfair he should die in a a mining accident in Japan and so close to war’s end?
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LALLY, Private, KENNETH, WX9318, A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn., Australian Infantry. 23 March 1945. Age 30. Son of Thomas Henry and Jessie Lally, of West Northam, Western Australia. Grave Ref. Aust. Sec. E. A. 9.
Yokohama War Cemetery, Japan.
Ken was only son of Thomas Henry Lally and Jessie Eggleston who married 1912 Perth. The couple had three daughters, Amy, Doris and Iris.
Tom Lally was eldest of a large family. Two younger brothers enlisted WW1 joining 11th Battalion. They fought at Galipolli. Malcolm Almore Lally born 1898 DOW received Gallipoli 1 Aug 1915 aged 19 years. He was buried Shell Green Cemetery. Frederick Newland Lally returned to Western Australia 30 April 1919, he married and had a family.
Ken’s parents Thomas Lally and Jessie Eggleston married 1912 Perth, WA.
Tom Lally died in 1959 and Ken’s mother Jessie died 1970 both are buried at Northam Cemetery.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan