The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Alexander Sutherland
Regimental #:
‘A’ Company, No. 4 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Edinburgh, Scotland
Father's Name:
Alexander Oag
Mothers's Name:
Agnes Johan Glascow Haywood Oag
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Bread Carter
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi, River Valley Transport Camp
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Kanyu II, Kinsaiyok; Hintock River Camp, Tarsau, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Ohama Camp No. 9B
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Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Consolation; Okinawa-Manila, USS Haskell; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker; Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Oag enlisted with AIF 18 Oct 1940, and later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Coy, 4 Platoon.

Please read further Oag was with ‘A’ Coy No. 4 Platoon

He left Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion in 1943.  There are records at Kanachanaburi  TBR Museum confirming Oag was at the Tarsau hospital Camp from at least Feb 44 to May 44 being treated for a tropical ulcer.
Later In 1944 Oag was selected fit by the Japanese to work in Japan. He sailed on ‘Rashin’ Maru taking 70 days to reach Japan via Manila.  It was a horror journey.
On reaching Moji, Japan Oag was sent to Ohama Camp – and was recovered from here at the end of the war.
Below:  Lou Daily mentions Oag in his postcard sent from Moulmein, Burma.


Australian POWs at Ohama POW Camp, Japan 9 -B from where Alex was recovered from at the end of the war.
Back Row:  L-R (1)  Bert Poulten 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


Back Row:  Aub Schuts, Bob Whitelaw, Bert Poulton,
Front Row:  Alec Oag, Alf Worth, Arthur Walker

Read the journey of the Rashin (Byoke) Maru

Please ensure you read about

Oag’s Affidavit for War Crimes – Ohama, Japan




A notice for Alex’s mate Reg Tuffin who was KIA Singapore 8 Feb 1942.
Below:  For Vera’s brother Ted Phillips who died of illness Palestine, 1941.


The Oag family arrived in WA from Scotland about 1913.

In 1915 Alex’s father Alex (Snr) drowned aged 40 years  whilst attempting to save his son Alex 11 years and another younger boy at the Canning River Bridge area.  The boys had taken a small boat out and when it began to fill with water, they called for Alex (Snr) to help them.
An inquest found Alex (Snr) who was a good swimmer, it appears may have died from a heart condition.
What had started out as a happy family day at the river became an awful tragedy for Mrs Oag and her five children, especially for 11 year old Alex who with a younger boy had taken out a small dinghy onto the river.  When found it was leaking in water and sinking fast Alex (Snr) swam out to the boys.  They were eventually saved by two other young teenagers as Alex (Snr) disappeared beneath the water.


Alex’s mother Agnes remarried about 1917 (to Fearns)  after Alexander (Snr) drowned in 1915.
In 1924 13 year old son George died.
Agnes died in 1946.

Below:  George died of illness in 1925 aged 13 years.


Alex married about 1932 in Perth to Bessie ‘Vera’ Phillips.


Above:  Alex was working as a Bread Carter in 1940 prior to enlisting.

Below: Vera’s mother died in 1949.


Above:  Standing L-R Alexander Oag, Isabelle Meakins (nee Oag) – sister, Mother Agnes Johan Haywood Oag, Mary Walker (nee Oag) sister Seated:  Brother John McKenzie Oag.
Taken prior to 1946.
Alex Oag died 24 Mar 1965 aged 62 years and his wife Vera died in 1974 aged 63 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hintok River Camp, 158k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
  • Tonchan, 139k - Thailand
  • Ohama, Hiroshima #9-B - Japan ***