The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Glass
First Name:
George
Nick Name:
Paddy
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7595
Classification:
Driver
Company:
Battalion Headquarters
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
24.04.1946
DOB:
21.03.1901
Place of Birth:
Belfast, Ireland
Father's Name:
Not Known
Mothers's Name:
Not Known
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Barman/Yardman
Java:
‘Blackforce’
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
Kanchanaburi-British Army Hospital at Chulalongkom Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Beke Taung 40km, Aungganaung 105km
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
4540
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, H.M. Hospital Ship Karoa

General Description

George enlisted AIF 6 Aug 1940 later joining 2/4th MGB.  He became Driver with Battalion HQ – with Commanding Officer Lt-Col Mick Anketell.
Glass was one a several men from Btn HQ who went AWOL at Fremantle when ‘Aquitania’ anchored overnight 15 Jan 1942 on her way from Sydney to Singapore.  Please read about those AWOL at Fremantle. 
WX8356 Watkins and WX7939 Sawyer also were AWOL and sailed to Java with Glass.
George Glass was a regular visitor from Northam Army Camp at the family home of Tom LewisPlease read about Tom’s life.
In Java, Glass became part of ‘Blackforce’ and following surrender to the Japanese, was interned at Bicycle Camp Batavia.
He was selected to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4 Williams Force arriving Singapore 12 Oct 1942.

Please read further about Java Party No. 4 Williams Force.

Towards the end of 1943 the Japanese began to evacuating POWs in Burma south to one of the larger Camps.  Paddy was evacuated from 105km Camp Burma  to Kanchanaburi Thailand.  At the end of war he was recovered from British Army Hospital Chulalongkorn, Bangkok where he was being treated for chest/cough problems.  At the end of the war Glass was flown to Singapore and placed at 2/14 Australian General Hospital 7 Oct 1945 until he departed on hospital ship ‘Karoa’ to Fremantle.

 

He was at 40k Camp  Hospiital 2 July 1943

105km Camp 21 Sep 1943

Evacuated to No 3 Kanchanaburi Hospital Camp No. 3 25 Mar 1944.

 

Below:  George’s NOK was his sister Sarah Thompson.

 

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George sailed from London  29 Oct 1927 aged 22 years on ‘Osterley’ to Fremantle.  His last address was Government Institution Centre, Co. Antrim, Ireland.
Prior to enlisting, George was living 50 Francis Street, Perth and working as a yardman.
Unfortunately we know little of George’s movements after returning to WA.  Sadly he would not have had any family to welcome him home and be there for him.  A problem facing many former POWs who came to WA as young men without families.
Working for Bunnings Mills at Manjimup his death was sad and must have shocked his workmates.  How strange to survive 3 1/2 years as a POW working in shocking conditions and die in an accident such as thing is quite staggering.

 

 

He died at Manjimup 5 Jan 1950 aged 45 years.  He was buried at Manjimup Cemetery.

You can read further details about George’s death recorded under

Forest Deaths in Western Australia   

 

 

 

Year of Death:1950
Age at Death:46
Place of Death:Warren District Hospital
Place of Accident (if not Place of Death):Deanmill State Mill
Occupation:Fitter
Employer:Bunning Bros.
Organisation: Timber Industry
Death Cert. Details:
GLASS, George, Blackwood 5 – 1950
Burial Details:
Buried Manjimup Cemetery George G. Glass aged 46 years died 5/1/1950 buried 6/1/1950
Anglican Section; headstone. WX7595 Pte. 2/4 MG Btn. 44yrs

News Extract:

4ft. Fall Kills Man A casual timber worker suffered fatal injuries when he fell only 4ft. from a staging at the State Saw Mills timber yard at Deamnill yesterday. George Glass (45); started work at Deanmill only two weeks ago. About 4.30 p.m. yesterday he was working on a staging 4ft. high when he slipped and fell. He landed across a length of rail and suffered internal injuries. Glass was rushed to the Manjimup hospital but he died at 11.45 a.m. today. Glass had told his employers that he had relatives living at Churchill-ave.; Spearwood. (The Daily News Thursday 5 January 1950 Edition: FINAL p 1 Article)

 

Camp Locations:

  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Beketaung, 40Kilo, 374k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
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