The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Douglas Newington Hunter
- Nick Name:
- Sergeant (Promoted 28.2.1942)
- Regimental #:
- 'B' Company, 9 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Claremont, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Rupert Newington Carter
- Mothers's Name:
- Dorothy Margaret Carter
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Bank Teller
- ‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion then Composite Battalion.
- ‘D ’Force Thailand, Java Party No. 6, O Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Evacuated sick to Tarsau, suffering from malaria and enteritis 5.9.1943
- Camps Java:
- Soekaboemi (2.4.1942-June1942), Tjimahi, Bandoeng ,Makasura
- Camps Japan:
- Ohama Camp No.9B
- 6909, 278
- Rashin Maru Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Ohama-Wakayama by troop train, Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary, Okinawa-Manila, USS Haskel, No other details are known.
Carter was employed as a bank clerk at Carnamah when he enlisted 6 Aug 1940, later joining 2/4th’s ‘B’ Coy 9 Platoon.
Carter was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who was left behind when ‘Aquitania’ sailed for Singapore from Fremantle on 16 Feb 1942. Most of those men were locked up by MPs and unable to free themselves. They sailed a few weeks later for Singapore, but were landed at Java when it was realised Singapore was about to fall.
The Australians were taken POWs of Japan from 8 March 1942 onwards and imprisoned in various camps on Java.
Carter had been working at a bank in Carnamah prior to enlisting, several mates from Carnamah enlisted with 2/4th – Ken Lally who was working at Eric H. GURR’s General Store in Carnamah from September 1939 until mid 1940 and Bill Baillie & Loller (Bruce Rock).
He was evacuated from Burma-Thai Railway to Tarsau 5 Sept 1943 suffering from malaria and enteritis from which he was fortunate to survive. Tarsau Hospital was notorious and known by the men as being a place where one was likely not to survive.
Carter was selected fit by the Japanese to work in Japan, and sailed with ‘Rashin’ Maru Party, which first required the men to return to Singapore to board their ship.
Ohama, Hiroshima POW Camp Renamed Aug 1945 Hiroshima 9-B – Okura Mining Co.
Back Row: L-R (1) Bert Poulton WX9764 (5) Doug Carter WX8240
2nd Last Row: L-R (2) Alf Worth WX7440 (3) Alex Oag WX8481
3rd Row from Back: L-R (4) Aub Schuts WX8562 (8) Bob Whitelaw WX9076
Front Row: L-R (9) Arthur Walker WX16370
Read about Ohama Camp, 9B Japan
Carter was recovered from Ohama Camp at the end of the war.
Below: Carter is mentioned as attending the 21st birthday party of Royce’s sister Pat Royce.
Carter’s parents Rupert Newington Carter and Dorothy Margaret Isobel Wood married in 1915. There were two children, Douglas and his sister Vivienne.
Below: Dorothy Carter, mother of Douglas.
Below: Dorothy’s father died in 1928
Above: Doug’s grandfather died 1927.
Above: Carter’s sister Vivienne marries in 1940.
On returning he resumed working in banking, living with his parents Victoria Ave, Claremont. His mother Dorothy Carter tragically died 29 Dec 1947 aged 53 years, having suicided in their home.
He married Avis Jean Prewett in 1946 and they continued residing in the Claremont home with Carter’s father Rupert. Rupert Carter died in 1963. Doug Carter is residing at Victoria Ave in Electoral Rolls – 1954, 1963 and 1968.
Below: Avis Carter.
Doug Carter died in 1970 aged 54 years. Avis Carter died in 2004.
- Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
- Bandoeng - Java ***
- Makasura - Java
- Soekaboemi - Java
- Tjimahi, Cimahi- Java ***
- Ohama, Hiroshima #9-B - Japan ***