The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Waghorn
First Name:
Henry William
Nick Name:
Bluey
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX5021
Company:
‘A’ Company, No. 4 Platoon
Enlisted:
23.07.1940
Discharged:
7.02.1946
DOB:
1.05.1920
Place of Birth:
Claremont, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alfred Edward Waghorn
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Elizabeth Waghorn (nee Brown)
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Gardener
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Tarsau, Tardan, Chungkai, Nacompaton, Bangkok
POW#:
1/9584 & 8852
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Sydney by aircraft, Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch.

General Description

Height 5′ 10″
Waghorn enlisted AIF Jul 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s ‘A’ Company No. 4 Platoon
Following the Allied Surrender at Singapore Waghorn remained POW at Selarang Camp and Barracks until he was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion which departed Singapore Railway Station March 1943 for Thailand on a 4-5 day journey crowded into small cattle trucks.
S Battalion included a very large number of 2/4th Machine Gunners who were first sent to Tarsau where they worked for several weeks clearing land in preparation for the rail link.  These few weeks gave no indication of what lay ahead of them.  They arrived Kanyu II in the Hellfire Pass 25 April 1943 where they soon found life was hellish.
We cannot be sure as there are no records – but it appears Waghorn was next at Tarsau which indicates he may have been evacuated there as by this time Tarsau was also the Hospital Camp for ‘D’ Force as well as Japanese HQ.
From Tasau he was at Tardun, before moving to Chungkai – possibly ill as Chungkai was a hospital Camp, before moving to Nacompaton Hospital Camp.
Please read further about ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion
He was recovered from Thailand at the end of war, flown to Singapore and sailed home on HMT Dominion Monarch.
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Following the marriage in 1898 Brunswick, Victoria  of Alfred and Agnes Waghorn they remained residing in Victoria during which time their eldest daughters were born.
By 1904 the family had moved to Claremont where their third daughter was born.
Henry’s father John Thomas Waghorn was residing in WA.  He died in 1915 at Palmyra.  His wife, Henry’s Grandmother Caroline died at Claremont in 1935.

 

 

Henry was born 1920 at Claremont to parents Alfred Edward and Agnes Elizabeth (nee Brown)   The Waghorn family was quite large – four girls – Ettie, Violet, Alice and Daisy and five sons – Jack, Alfred, Henry, Charlie and Edgar -all of whom enlisted in the services for WW2.
During May 1945, the Waghorn family learn the terrible news their son Charlie was KIA at Tarakan.

 

 

Henry married Lorna Nankervis about 1941.

There is tragedy for Lorna and Henry when their baby daughter Beverly Joy died Oct 1947, she was their third daughter.

 

Sadly it seems the Waghorn marriage was not to be.  Read below:

 

Unfortunately we find no further record of Lorna Waghorn other than her death in 1999 Midland aged 78 years.  There seems to be no divorce.
During the years 1954, 1958 and 1963 (Electoral Rolls) Henry is residing and working as a bricklayer in Cunderdin.
Henry William Waghorn died at Cunderdin in 1966 aged 47 years.  He was buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.
His mother Agnes Waghorn died 1955 at Claremont and her husband Alfred Edward died in 1963.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Tardan - Thailand
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