The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- James Charles
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- Battalion Headquarters
- Place of Birth:
- Melbourne, Victoria
- Father's Name:
- George Manton
- Mothers's Name:
- Ethel May Mildren
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Platelayer (railways)
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan Hospital (7.1.1944), Nacompaton
- Camps Burma:
- Ye, Tavoy, Thanbuzyat Hospital, Reptu 30km, Khonkan 55km, (medical orderly)
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Highland Brigade, Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train.
From Selarang, Singapore Manton was selected with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion to work on the Burma end of BuirmaThai railway. They sailed from Singapore to Burma.
His first camp was Ye then Tavoy.
Manton was next recorded at Thanbyuzat Hospital 3/12/42 to 6/1/1943 before moving to start working on the railway to Thetkaw Camp 14km. He was transferred sick to Reptu 30 km from Thetkaw 26/3/43 to 5/5/1943.
He was medical orderly at Khonkan 55km. When the railway was completed the Japanese brought all the burma-based POWs south to Thailand to one of four large camps or hospitals. James Manton was sick and moved to Tamarkan Hospital 7 January 1944. He was later moved to Nacompaton Hospital from where he was recovered at the end of the war.
James Charles Manton was employed by WAGR (Railways) from about 1920’s up until his enlistment when he was living at Spencers Brook (near York). He had married about 1927 to Joycelin Dorothy Seaman.
After the war the Manton’s moved back to NSW and were residing at Yarran Street, Leeton, Riverina from at least 1950. He died 2 June 1963 at Leeton. Joycelin died in 1996.
We know Joycelin and James had a family of at least two daughters as below.
The above is from Murrumbidgee Irrigator (Leeton, NSW : 1915 – 1954), Friday 1 May 1953.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Khonkan, 55Kilo Hospital 360k - Burma
- Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Ye - Burma
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma