The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Daniel Martin
- Nick Name:
- Lance Sergeant
- Regimental #:
- ‘A' Company, 4 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Jeremiah O’Leary
- Mothers's Name:
- Honorah Ethel O’Leary
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Railway Fireman
- Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery, Plot A13, Row C, Grave 2, Age 33.
- Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
- ‘F’ Force Thailand
- Camps Thailand:
- Kami Sonkurai
- Cause of Death:
- Malaria and Dysentery
- Place of Death:
- Kami Sonkurai
- Date of Death:
- Grave No. 344, Kami Sonkurai
NCO’s leg was amputated by Captain. J. L. Taylor, A.A.M.C. at Kami Sonkurai Camp, Thailand 14 Nov 1943. Dan was 33 years old.
Dans’ parents Loco driver Jeremiah O’Leary and Honorah Ethel Quaertermaine married 1908 Coolgardie. Dan was born Kalgoorlie 1910 and had one brother and one sister.
Dan followed his father’s footsteps working for WAGR.
Dan joined the WAGR workforce as a 16 year-old on 25 May 1926 and continued working as an employee until he enlisted in 1940.
In 1931 Electoral Roll Daniel O’Leary was a railway cleaner with WAGR and living with his parents Jeremiah and Honorah O’Leary (nee Quartermaine) at Narrogin. Jeremiah was a loco engine driver and in 1931, the O’Leary family were residing at Clyde Street, Narrogin.
Dan had a sister Aileen and brother Kevin.
Dan worked at many locations including Northam, Perth, Albany, Narrogin, Geraldton and finally Cue.
In 1937 Daniel was still employed with the Railways, but was now a railway fireman living in Geraldton.
He was lastly living and working at Cue when he enlisted AIF 16 Aug 1940, later joining 2/4th’s ‘C’ Coy No. 4 Platoon.
O’Leary’s photograph was included in ‘Sons of Empire’ May 1941.
Following the capitulation of the Allied Forces in Singapore 15 February 1945, Dan was one of thousands of POWs at Selarang, Changi. He remained here until he was selected with ‘F’ Force to work on the Burma-Thai Railway.
This was the last work force to leave Singapore and was made up of POWs including those who were too old, many were entertainers and not soldiers and others who were recovering from illnesses and hospital. They departed Singapore Railway Station about 16 April 1943 crowded into small trucks for a 4-5 day horror journey to Bampong, the northern most point of the existing railway in Thailand. From here ‘F’ Force would march for 17-25 days to their designated work camps. No other Force had marched the entire journey – it was hellish, with many deaths before they reached their destination.
Dan was sent to Kami Sonkurai, and six months later he died of malaria and dysentery having surviving a leg amputation by surgeon Dr. Taylor.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kami Songkurai, 299k - Thailand
- Songkurai 294k - Thailand