The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- George Tom
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘D’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Father's Name:
- George Torn Emmanuel Shelton
- Mothers's Name:
- Avis Hilda Shelton (nee Carvey)
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row L, Grave 71, Age 24.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
- ‘H’ Force Thailand, Group No. 3
- Cause of Death:
- Post Pneumonia and Beri‐Beri
- Place of Death:
- Kanu II Malayan Hamlet
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 80, Malayan Hamlet
Shelton enlisted AIF August 1940 and later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘D’ Company No. 15 Platoon whose Commanding Officer was Lt. Meiklejohn. Please read further about 15 Platoon.
Solder was wounded in action at 1800 hours on 15.2.1942 and admitted to 2/10th Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to the left temple. Discharged to unit on 23.2.1942.
He was selected to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘H’ Force Group 3. Please read further.
Tom Shelton died 7 Sept 1943 at Malayan Hamlet of post pneumonia and beri beri aged 24 years.
Kanachaburi War Cemetery, Thailand
The Shelton family arrived from London on ‘Demethenis’ at Albany on 4 June 1924. George (snr) Shelton and Avis Hilda Carvey married 1919 Barnsbury, England. Nettie was first born daughter, followed by George Tom (Jnr) and then Avis.
It appears Tom Shelton was really born in 1920 and not 1918.
George and Avis with their 3 children settled on Group 124 Forrest, Sussex as we find them recorded in 1925 Electoral Roll.
By 1936, the family had moved to Busselton. Few families managed to turn their Group Settlement grants into success and profit. It was a heart-breaking scheme.
Below: Death of William Carvey, father to Avis Shelton 1939.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand