The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Pilmoor
First Name:
Thomas
Nick Name:
Tom
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX17393
Classification:
Temporary Batman/Runner
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
27.10.1941
Discharged:
27.02.1946
DOB:
4.07.1917
Place of Birth:
Driffield, Gloucestershire, England
Father's Name:
Robert Pilmoor
Mothers's Name:
Sarah Pilmoor
Religion:
Methodist
Pre-war Occupation:
Yardsman
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Kanchanaburi, Ratburi, Lopburi, Nacompaton, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km, Aungganaung 105km
POW#:
3057
Return Details 1945:
Bangkok-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

Tom enlisted AIF 27 Oct 1941and was drafted into 2/4th reinforcements, sailing on ‘Aquitania’ 16 Jan 1941.  Initially he was temporary Batman/Runner for Battalion Headquarters. He was later transferred to ‘D’ Coy, Platoon unknown.
As a POW in Singapore he went to work on the Burma end of the Railway line with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion.
Please read about Green Force and the work camps Tom would have been in.  Green Force included a large number of 2/4th so Tom would have been with good mates.
When the rail link was completed towards the end of 1943, the Japanese brought all POWs in Burma to Thailand to one of several large camps.  Those too ill to make the journey remained at the larger Burma Hospital camps with orderlies to care for them.
Much of their journey was travelling on train over the track they had built, terrifying at times knowing how much they had sabotaged and deliberately hindered rail construction.
Tom arrived at Tamarkan, Thailand.  He was sent to Chungkai then to Kanchanaburi.  Most sent to Chungkai were sick –  which suggests Tom may have been sick when he arrived Tamarkan.  But like most POWs he fortunately recovered. Or this may have been the time he had appendicitis because we know he was selected for Japan but missed the draft due to appendicitis.  So whatever, he was a lucky man he missed out on being with the ‘Rakuyo’ Party which sank on 9 Sept with horrific loss of lives.
On recovery he was sent to Ratburi, Lopburi and was recovered from Nacompaton when the war ended.  Taken to Bangkok where he few to Singapore.  He returned to Fremantle on the ‘HMT Moreton Bay’
Tom Pilmoor was a Fairbridge Farm boy.  He arrived in Australia from England with older brother Robert on  3/10/1928.  Tom was 11 years old and Robert  13 years.  Tom was housed in Livingstone.  He was a student at Fairbridge for 5 years before being sent to work.
From 1933 to 1936 Tom was working for W. Green Esq., Mt Barker.

 

Pilmoor, Unknown, Matson

 

 

Tom Pilmoor & Neville Matson

Matson WX16347 & Tom Pilmoor

 

The piece of hair belongs to Tom.  He was very fair-blonde.

 

Tom & Mavis Pilmoor

Mavis & Tom Pilmoor.

Tom Pilmoor, Fairbridge Remembrance Wall
Tom Pilmoor, Fairbridge Remembrance Wall

 

Pilmoor, Gilmour, Hampton & Cowie
Pilmoor, Gilmour, Hampton & Cowie

 

Below:  Harry Blakiston and Tom Pilmoor 1985 Anzac Day Reunion

 

1985 Bunbury Reunion

L-R McGhee, Mary Kemp, Tom Pilmoor, Les Kemp, Beryl Beattie

 

Fairbridge 2004 No 2

Trevor James, Jim Burns, Alf Worth, John Lane, Des Colevas, Bob Whitield, Joe Pearce (rear), Tom Pilmoor (front), Owen Morris, Jim Elliott, Ron Badock, Gordon Lynam.

Below:  Pilmoor family Anzac Day 2004.

2004 Anzac Day Pilmoor family

Tom Pilmoor family, Anzac Lunch
Tom Pilmoor family, Anzac Lunch
Pilmoor family
Tom Pilmoor centre with children L-R Garry, Gail and Gordon, taken at Darlington.

 

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Tom passed away aged 88yrs, September 12,  2006, at Jane Brooke, WA.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Lopburi - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Ratburi, Ratchaburi- Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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