The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Walker
First Name:
Arthur Lewis
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX16370
Company:
‘A’ Company, 6 Platoon
Enlisted:
8.09.1941
Discharged:
11.01.1946
DOB:
23.01.1915
Place of Birth:
Bayswater, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Baptist
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi.
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Ohama Camp 9B
POW#:
8858 & 320
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama‐Okinawa, USS Consolation, Okinawa‐Manila, USS Haskell, Manila‐Sydney, HMS Speaker, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.

General Description

Aub Schuts, Bob Whitelaw, Bert Poulton, Back Row
Alec Oag, Alf Worth, Arthur Walker, Front row.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back Row:  L-R (1)  Bert Poulten WX9764  (5)  Doug Carter WX8240
2nd Last Row: L-R (2) Alf Worth WX7440 (3)  Alex Oag WX8481
3rd Row from Back:  L-R (4) Aub Schuts WX8562 (8) Bob Whitelaw WX9076
Front Row:  L-R (9) Arthur Walker WX16370

 

 

 

 

Walker enlisted AIF 8 Sep 1941.  He was Taken on Strength to Woodside Camp, South Australia on 5 Oct 1941.  He joined ‘A’ Company 6 Platoon under Lt. John Morrison.
As a POW in Singapore he worked with several Japanese work parties before being selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion departing by train May 1943 and heading for the Hellfire Pass Cutting.
When the rail link was completed end of 1943, Walker was one of the POWs the Japanese selected as being fit to work in Japan.  He was entrained with a large number of men from 2/4th to return to Singapore, where they were accommodated at River  Valley Road Transit Camp to await their ship.

Please read about ‘Rashin’ Maru 

Walker was sent to Ohama 9B Camp to work and was recovered from here at the end of the war.
He was taken to Manila by the Americans and from there sailed on ‘Speaker’ to Sydney.   Please read about ‘Speaker’

And about ‘Dominion Monarch’

 

 

 

Arthur had married during 1941 to Lola Myrtle King.  Initially he had recorded his sister Ivy Anderson as his NOK, however changed this following his marriage.
Prior to enlisting, Arthur had resided in 1936 in Ruby Street, Fremantle and worked as a labourer.
We have not been able to ascertain Arthur’s parents names.  Arthur did provide evidence at his brothers divorce.  His brother being Albert Ernest Walker.
Other than fishing, we have been unlucky in searching Arthur’s family history!

Arthur died 10 Dec 1983 at Scarborough. Lola died in 2004.

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Ohama, Hiroshima #9-B - Japan ***
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