The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Norman Joseph
Nick Name:
Sergeant (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
‘ B ’ Company, No. 9 Platoon. (Platoon Sgt)
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Clara Matilda Harris
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Construction
Selarang Camp Changi, Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp)
‘ J ’ Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa‐Denki), Nagoya (15.2.1945-28.5.1945); Toyama (28.5.1945-5.9.1945)
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama-Okinawa‐Manila by aircraft; Manila-Sydney, B24 Liberator aircraft; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Perth by ANA airliner

General Description

This NCO was evacuated to Field Ambulance then to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with headache on 2/2/1941.  He was discharged from hospital to a rest home but he became lost and joined ‘B’ Company Headquarters, remaining with them until he rejoined No. 9 Platoon at  Botantical Gardens on 12/2/1942.
Norman was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Read about Showa-Denki Factory, Kobe.

Please read about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales’ Maru

Please read about others from 9 Platoon

Following Kobe and working at Showa-Denki Factory, Norm and one other from 2/4th, Arthur Draper were moved to Nagoya Camp whilst the remaining men moved to Toyama.  After three months and in May 1945 Norm and Arthur Harris were moved to Toyama until the end of the war.  Please read about this.


Norm’s parents Elijah (Thomas) Richard Harris and Clara Matilda Kjellgren married SA 1901. They had a family of two children Veronica and Ernest when they moved to Fremantle.  Their third child Phyllis May was born in 1908 and Norman Joseph born 1910 Fremantle.  The Harris family remaining living in Fremantle.
Norm’s sister Phyllis May Harris  married  WX8869 Herbert Roy (Dick) Hindle who died in a Japanese mine fall in 1944.  Harris would not have known Dick Hindle was a POW in Japan.
Both men were in ‘B’ Coy 9 Platoon.  Hindle had grown up in Palmyra.


Norm’s father died in 1928 Fremantle.  His mother died in 1940.

In 1931 Electoral Roll, Norm was recorded working as a labourer at ‘Upland” Group 31, Jardee.



On returning to WA, Norm spent time at Lady Mitchell Convalescent home.  He required treatment to his eyes which had suffered due to vitamin deficiency.  Read Further.


In 1937 Norm and Agnes Mary (known as Bobbie) Clifford married.
In 1949 Norm and his wife Agnes were residing Hamilton Road, Spearwood, market gardening the property purchased through rehabilitation.
Norm died 3 June 1970 Caloundra aged 57 years, and buried at Caloundra Cemetery.  Bobbie died 1994 Caloundra.


Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Nagoya - Japan
  • Toyama, Nagoya #7-B - Japan