The Soldier's Details

Surname:
O’Meara
First Name:
Joseph Patrick
Nick Name:
Brum
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7981
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
Discharged:
14.03.1946
DOB:
13.04.1919
Place of Birth:
Doodlakine, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Jeremiah James O’Meara
Mothers's Name:
Alice O’Meara (nee Hubble)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Teamster and Farmhand
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Chungkai
POW#:
4 /6467 and 8829
Return Details 1945:
Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

O’Meara was wounded in action at Buona Vista on 15/2/1942. Admitted to 13th Australian General Hospital on 15/2/1942 with a shrapnel wound in the left thigh. Discharged to unit on 28/2/1942.
As a POW in Singapore he was sent to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion. Leaving by train in May 1943 in very crowded trucks they arrived in Thailand 5 days later and headed to the Hellfire Pass Region.  Please read D Force S Battalion

He was recovered at the end of the war in Thailand.

 

His parents Jeremiah O’Meara and Alice Hubble 1909 in Northam.

 

Joe married June Friend in Northam in 1946.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu 1 151.00k - Thailand
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