The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- William Llewellyn
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Jardee, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Arthur Compton Thomas
- Mothers's Name:
- Helena May Thomas
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘ D ’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tarasau, Konyu II, Nacompaton
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia.
Soldier was shell shocked at Hill 200, Ulu Pandan on 12/2/1942. He was evacuated with minor shrapnel wounds to both legs on 12/2/1942.
Thomas was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion. S Battalion included a large number of 2/4th men – they departed Singapore Railway Station crammed into small trucks and headed to Thailand mid May 1943.
From Konyu II Camp at the Hellfire Pass cutting, 2/4th POWs were sent in smaller groups to Hintok, Kinsaiyok, etc. Sick were evacuated to Tarsau Hospital Camp, Chungkai, Tamarkan etc.
As he was not selected for Japan, we estimate Slim was hospitalised/sick at time men were selected from Tamuang.
He may have later been selected for other work parties in Thailand before arriving Nacompaton – unfortunately there are records.
He was recovered from Nacompaton, Thailand at the end of the war.
Taken 19 Sept 1945, this is largest pagoda in Thailand – this was a significant landmark for Allied bombing raids.
Slim Thomas is standing far right.
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand