The Soldier's Details

First Name:
John Murray
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
‘B‘ Company 8 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Katanning, Western Australia
Father's Name:
John Augustine Carr
Mothers's Name:
Evelyn Mary Carr (nee Beard)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Maltster‘s Labourer
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row J, Grave 48, Age 28.
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adams Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
‘D’ Force Thailand S battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Konyu II, Hintok,
4/5977 & 8766
Cause of Death:
Cerebral Malaria and Beri-Beri (evacuated to Tarsau)
Place of Death:
Tarsau Base Hospital
Date of Death:
Grave No. 51, No. 2 Cemetery, Tarsau

General Description

Jack Murray born Katanning 1913, enlisted AIF 11 Aug 1941 and soon after joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘B’ Company 8 Platoon.
He was the son of John Augustine Carr (born New Zealand) and Evelyn Mary Beard of Northam who married 1909.  Jack was one of three sons and four daughters who lived their formative years at Katanning before the family moved to Perth.
Jack married 1937 to Emily Maude Hough.  There were no children to this marriage.
In the 1943 Electoral Roll Jack resided Elizabeth Street, North Perth and his parents were at 10 Blake Street.  Carr (Snr) gave his occupation as Business Representative.  In Katanning he represented Scott & Son, suppliers of agricultural equipment.
Jack’s father lead a life of wide interests.  See Below.
A.J. Carr – Jack’s father died November 1945 – he probably had not learned his son had died of illness several years earlier in Thailand during 1943.




Below:  From Kalgoorlie Miner



Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.  Photograph taken January 2018

Carr left Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with D’ Force S Battalion.  


WX5211 Pte Stan Currie confirmed he was with the burial party near Tarsau during Sep 1943. The following died:
WX11580 A/Cpl Don McGlinn 16 Jul 43 avitaminosis
WX8777 Sgt J. Sanderson 19 Jul 43 avitaminosis
WX15690 Pte J M Carr 23 Jul 43 malaria
WX8689 Lt/Cpl MacMaster 25 Jul 43 beri beri
WX13553 Pte S Spouse 13 Oct 43 tropical tumour




Below:  1901 – Carr (Snr) was residing at Norseman.





Below:  We find evidence the Carr family have left Katanning.


Ruth Beard, grandmother to Jack died in 1936.




Below:  Ted Beard was brother to Jack’s mother ‘Eve’.


Below:  Jack Carr’s father died November 1945.


Jack’s mother died in 1961.

Camp Locations:

  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand