The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Grant
First Name:
Norman Herbert
Nick Name:
Norm
Rank:
Lance Sergeant (Promoted 8.10.1941)
Regimental #:
WX8228
Classification:
Driver
Company:
‘C’ Company Headquarters
Enlisted:
16.08.1940
Discharged:
29.03.1946
DOB:
3.08.1911
Place of Birth:
Fremantle, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas George Grant
Mothers's Name:
Dora May Grant (nee Pearce)
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver and Miner
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, River Valley Road Transfer Camp.
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan.
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Tavoy, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Melilo 75km, Aungganaung 105km
Camps Japan:
Fukuoka sub-Camp No. 17 Omuta (underground supervisor)
POW#:
2682 and 1585
Japan:
Awa Maru Party, Kumi No. 41
Return Details 1945:
Nagasaki-Manila, USS Lunga Point; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker; Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Norm Grant enlisted AIF 16 Aug 1940.  He later joined 2/4th’s ‘C’ Coy HQ as a driver – promoted Lance Sergeant on 8 Oct 1941.
As a POW in Singapore he left on the first work party – 3,000 Australian POWs with A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion sailed to south west Burma where they would first work on repairing and expanding airfields before making their way to the northern end of the railway in Burma.  They arrived in Thetkaw to start work on 1st Oct 1942.
When the railway was completed the Japanese began bringing all POWs in Burma southwards into Thailand into one of several large camps. At this time Grant’s mate John Needham was evacuated to Khonkan Hospital Camp with ulcers on his right foot.  He died of pneumonia on 5 Dec 1943 aged 30 years.  Needham and Grant had both been drivers with ‘C’ Coy HQ.
In Thailand Grant was selected ‘fit’ by the Japanese to work in Japanese.  He sailed on ‘Awa’ Maru to Japan.  Please read.
In Japan Norm was sent with a number of 2/4th boys to Omuta Camp – a notorious camp.
With his experience in mining, Lance Sergeant Grant was made underground supervisor.

Norm survived to return home.

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Norm had married about 1940 in East Coolgardie to Patricia Whait.
In 1943 he was recorded residing at Norseman working as a miner.
In 1949 Norm and Patricia were residing York Road, Glen Forest, Norm working as a driver.
In 1958 the couple were residing Staines Street, Victoria Park.  Norm working as a driver.
Norm died 2 Dec 1975 at Mt Lawley aged 64 years.  His wife predeceased him – Patricia Mary Grant died 19 March 1970 aged 50 years.
Norm and Patricia’s eldest child and son Norman George aged 18 years died July 1950.  The couple had a large family.

Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
  • Saigon - French Indo China
  • Omuta Miike, Fukuoka #17-B - Japan
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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