The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Henry
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Collie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Henry William Schurmann
- Mothers's Name:
- Margaret Isabel Schurmann
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion.
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Chungkai, Linson Wood Camp, Kachu Mountain Camp, Bangkok, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok.
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Ye, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe, Augganaung
- 1334 & 12091
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft, Singapore‐Fremantle, HMT Circassia.
This NCO was a member of the War Graves Party.
Read Peter Winstanley’s article on ‘Random Recollections’ by John Henry Schurmann, WX5007.
View Peter Winstanley’s video interview of John Schurmann WX5007.
Following the Surrender of Singapore Jack was selected to work on Burma end of Burm-Thai Railway with the first work Force to leave Singapore 14 May 18942 – ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion sailing to south west coast of Burma to firstly Victoria Point.
Below is from Ye Camp, Burma 1942 where the Japanese were particularly brutal to the Dutch East Indies POWs.
Tom Hampton of 2/4th wrote
“This was a bit too much for
Jack Sherman from ‘A’ Coy. Finding one of the victims he cut the man down and assisted him to his hut. There was no immediate reaction from the Japs, they either didn’t see what happened or chose to ignore it so Jack lived to thwart them another day!”
Keith Griffith of 2/4th wrote
“About 8 Dutch Prisoners were tied around a tree with one long rope looped around each man’s knees with a slip knot round his neck. The tree was infested with large green jumping ants which were swarming over and biting the prisoners. They were continually bashed and as one man collapsed it would tighten the knot on the next man’s neck. A Japanese officer was present.”
The Green Force POWs remained working for about 5 weeks – mostly building a wharf.
c. October 1945. Group portrait of three “A” Force members of the War Graves Commission survey party whose task was to locate POW cemeteries and grave sites along the Burma-Thailand railway. They also took the opportunity to recover equipment and documents which had been secretly buried, under instructions from senior POW officers, in the graves of deceased POWs. Left to Right; standing; Sergeant (Sgt) Jack Sherman, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Acting Warrant Officer Class 2 Les Cody, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion; seated: Sgt T. Lee, B Division Provost Company.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Ye - Burma
- Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma