The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Lloyd Owen
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Albany, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- George Clement Moir
- Mothers's Name:
- Evangelene Moir
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecott Hill Estate Camp); River Valley Road Camp; Selerang Barracks Changi.
- ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Kanu II, Hintok Road Camp, Pratchai
- 3 /8731 and 8821
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Darwin-Perth by PBY Catalina aircraft.
Soldier suffered some deafness in his right ear as a result of an explosion.
On 30 10/1940, Lloyd Moir WX9338, younger brother George Moir WX9339 and cousin Andrew Donald Moir enlisted. George and Lloyd returned to Western Australia. Tragically Andrew was KIA Singapore 8th February 1942.
Lloyd Moir married 31/5/1946 at Albany to Alma Doreen Deere.
MOIR BROTHERS- George and Lloyd Owen
Lloyd was the 5th child and 3rd son and his brother George was 6th child and 4th son of Clem & Eva Moir. Lloyd and George grew up on their parents’ farms ‘Teana’ and later ‘Glenelg’. They attended school at Salt River. The boys worked on the family farm as well as other properties around Borden area.
They enlisted same day joining the 2/4th both as Drivers with ‘C’ Company. Lloyd and George managed to remain together much of the first few years as POWs, both selected for ‘D’ Force Thailand and S Battalion, however were separated from time to time. George was selected for Japan boarding Rashin Maru which departed Singapore 4 July 1944. He was working Yamane copper mine, Niihama when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Lloyd was returned to Singapore from Pratchai Camp, Thailand at the end of war.
After the war Lloyd and George returned to farming together for two years at ‘Millenup’ Porongerups.
George then took up a new farm block ‘Mutyal’ at Borden for a time, then sold out moving to Perth to live and employed with local Shire Council.
Lloyd pursued a farm machinery business at Amelup during which time he built a steel boat. This he used to for fishing up and down south west coast. He ran a school bus to Salt River. He retired to Albany.
Lloyd and brother George enlisted at same time October 1940.
They soon after joines 2/4th’s ‘C’ Company, both
Drivers with No. 11 Platoon (Cousin Andrew went to ‘D’ Company, 2/4th MGB also as a Driver).
Lloyd was at Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecott Hill Estate Camp) and Selarang Barracks, Changi.
He was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘ D’ Force Thailand S Battalion as was brother George. S Battalion left Singapore Railway Station 14 March 1943 for a 4 day trip to Non Pladuk, Thailand (then the end of the rail link from Bangkok).
Lloyd was sent to Tarsau from Non Pladuk. This was their first rail work camp – clearing and preparing way for rail link. Their time at Tarsau did not prepare them for what lay ahead at the Hellfire Pass Cutting.
They arrived 25 Apr 1943 at Kanu II.
Lloyd was then moved to Hintok Road Camp (we believe he remained together with George). The brothers seem to have parted ways after Hintok. Lloyd was back at Tarsau – possibly hospital, because he was not selected to work in Japan (which means he was sick or was working elsewhere). It seems more likely he was sick and then later sent to Pratchai, Thailand.
Lloyd was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.
Goodness only knows when the George and Lloyd met up again or confirmed if the other was still alive!
Lloyd Moir died 1996.
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
- Hintok, 154k - Thailand
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
- Pratchinburi - Thailand