The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- George Clifford
- Regimental #:
- ‘E‘ Company, Special Reserve Battalion
- Place of Birth:
- Swanbourne, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- George Bernard Stone
- Mothers's Name:
- Caroline Stone
- Church of Christ
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row E, Grave 45, Age 25.
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung.
- Cause of Death:
- Malaria and Dysentery
- Place of Death:
- Tamarkan Hospital
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 30, Tamarkan
George enlisted AIF 10 Nov 1941. He was drafted to 2/4th MGB reinforcements and entrained from Northam to Fremantle to board ‘Aquitania’ on 15 Feb 1942.
During the fighting in Singapore ‘E’ Company rang head on into a Japanese ambush on 12 Feb 1942. Please read further.
Stone left Singapore with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 4 Battalion – the first work force to leave Singapore (by sea ) for south west Burma. This force was made up initially of 3,000 Australian POWs. Please read further
Towards end of 1943 when the rail was completed, the Japanese began to bring all the POWs in Burma south to Thailand to one of the larger camps. George was possibly evacuated sick because when he reached Tamarkan Hospital Camp, Thailand he died of illness in Mar 1944 aged 25 years.
Funeral service conducted on 1.3.1944 by Padre J. W. K. Mathieson.
Below: Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand
The above notice is from Bob Dunnell’s family, Kelmscott. Bob was then in Mar 1945, a POW working in Japan at Omuta mine.
He fortunately returned home.
The above notice is from Percy Gibbs of 2/4th. Percy enlisted Oct 1940 and later joined ‘B’ Coy.
Gibbs went to Burma with ‘A’ Force Green Force No. 3
Battalion – probably with George. Percy was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.
George’s last known address was Kenwick.
He had three older sisters and was an only son to his parents George Bernard Stone and Caroline Doris Johnson who married Perth 1902. Both parents were born in Victoria.
George’s father died in 1958 and his mother died 1971.
The names of Stone and Dunnell are included in the list below:
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- 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