The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Griffith
First Name:
Keith George
Rank:
Corporal
Regimental #:
WX15247
Classification:
Cook
Company:
‘A’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
23.07.1941
Discharged:
15.01.1946
DOB:
19.04.1922
Place of Birth:
Bunbury, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Mark Griffith
Mothers's Name:
Ada Agnes Louisa Griffith (nee Bennett)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Pastry Cook
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Bangkok, Nakom Chassi, Nacompaton, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Reptu 30km (26.3.1943) Victoria Point, Ye, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105km
POW#:
1503
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade

General Description

Keith Griffiths
Keith Griffiths

 

 

Griffith enlisted AIF 23 July 1941 and soon after joined ‘A’ Coy Headquarters as Cook and Corporal.  He was Taken on Strength to Woodside Camp, South Australia.
Keith was wounded in action at Buona Vista and admitted to 2/13th AGH from 2/10th Field Ambulance with shrapnel wounds to his wrist, left knee and left thigh.  He was discharged to his Unit on 22 February 1942.
He was selected with the first work party to leave Singapore – ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion.  They would ultimately be working on the Burma end of the railway after working on repairs and enlarging three airfields in lower south west Burma.

Please read about A Force Green Force No 3 Battalion

Keith was at Victoria Point, Kendau, Reptu 39 km, Thetkaw, Meiloe and Aungganaung before being moved south when the rail link was completed at end of 1943 with all the POWs by the Japanese to Thailand.  Tamarkan was one of the large POW Camps.  From here he was sent Bangkok, Nacompaton and was recovered from Nakom Chassi.

Please read about Nakom Chassi Camp.

 

 

Keith’s parents Mark Griffith and Ada Agnes Louisa Bennet married in Bunbury 1921.

Mark Griffith died Bunbury April 1963 and Ada died Sep 1962.

Keith married about 1947 in Perth to Merle Louise James.

In 1954 Electoral Roll Keith was working as a pastry cook and residing Bunbury with Merle.

 

 

In 1968 and 1980 Electoral Roll Keith has moved to Clematis Road, Woodlands with Merle and continues to work as a Pastry cook.
Keith died 7 May 2001 and was cremated at Karrakatta Cemetery. Merle died March 2020.

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
  • Ye - Burma
  • Bangkok - Thailand
  • Nakom Chassi - Thailand
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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