The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Regimental #:
Battalion Headquarters
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Jurgen Jordt Hinnrichsen
Mothers's Name:
Amy Margaret Hinnrichsen
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
‘J' Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa-Denki); Kawasaki Camp; Maruyama Park; Fukuoka sub-camp No 26 Usui;
1/11866 and 763
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Okinawa,USS Marathon, Okinawa-Manila, C54 aircraft; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker

General Description

Bill Innes, Sgt John Swift, Dvr Bishop & Frank Hinnrichsen

Innes and Bishop did not survive to return home to Australia.

Frank Hinnrichsen enlisted  AIF at Kalgoorlie 16 Aug 1940 and later joined 2/4th MGB’s Battalion Headquarters under Commanding Officer WX3376 Lt-Col Michael Ankletell – he was also Commanding Officer of the 2/4th Battalion.


As a POW in Singapore Frank was selected with ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.
Read about Showa-Denki, Kobe.
Read War Trials Affidavit by Frank Hinnrichsen
Please read about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales’ Maru


Also read about HMS ‘Speaker’



Above:  Frank makes a mark as a witness at Kalgoorlie Police Courts.


Frank married Amelia Smith at Northam in 1940.  Tragically for Frank, Amelia met somebody else.  This was a terrible crushing blow for the former POW.

Frank never remarried.

Frank was second born son with three sisters to German born father Jurgen Jordt Hinnrichsen and his mother,  Amy Margaret Rogers who married Perth in 1902.

Above:  Frank’s birth.

Frank’s father Jurgen died in Perth 1939 aged 79 years and buried Karrakatta.  His mother Amy Hinnrichsen died in 19 Dec 1957 and is also buried at Karrakatta.

Above:  Frank’s father worked at the Weld Club for at least two decades.

His father died in 1939 and his mother Amy died in 1957.

In 1959 Electoral Roll, Frank was residing with his mother Amy at 71 Glendower Street, Perth.  He was working as an orderly.
Frank died 17 August 1978 at Mt Lawley aged 72 years – ‘his ashes were scattered to the winds at Karrakatta’.
Please read Usui Camp Japan – the last camp where Frank was recovered from.



Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kawasaki, Maruyama Park - Japan
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Usui, Fukuoka #26 - Japan