The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
‘B’ Company, 9 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Maylands, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Hinds
Mothers's Name:
Emily Hinds
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Plumber and Brick Machinist
Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); River Valley Road Camp; Selarang Barracks Changi; Changi Gaol Camp; Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome; X6 Party; P Party; Changi Gaol Camp.
‘F’ Force Thailand
Camps Thailand:
Shimo Sonkurai
Return Details 1945:
Singapore-Darwin‐Sydney,HMT Arawa; Sydney-Melbourne by troop train; Melbourne-Fremantle, HMT Strathmore.

General Description

Frank enlisted AIF Oct 1940 later joining 2/4th MGB’s ‘B’ Coy 9 Platoon under CO Lt Lee.
Following surrender to Japan Frank was first interred at Selarang Camp Changi.  He then moved to Thomson Road (Caldecott Hill East Camp).
Entrained from Singapore to Thailand to work on the Burma-Thai Railway with ‘F’ Force Thailand.  This work party had a wretched time – starved, over-worked, subjected to usual Japanese brutality and never ending tropical illnesses.
Frank was fortunate to survive his time on the Burma Railway – and towards the end of 1943 all the POWs were moved to Kanchanaburi and then Singapore.  (Except for the sick and there were many of them).  All of ‘F’ Force returned to Changi in a deployed state – skeletel, sick, filthy dirty and dressed in a few rags.

Please read about ‘F’ Force Thailand.

Returning to Singapore he was seconded to work Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome, X Party and P Party.


Below:  48 2/4th men of F Force compiled by Harold Cowie.


McGrath, Davies, Hinds, Parker, Newell, Gregory
McGrath, Davies, Hinds, Parker, Newell, Gregory


Frank Hinds & Doug Sterrett
Frank Hinds & Doug Sterrett



Rear L-R Doug Carter, Frank Hinds Front -----, -----, Joe Lynch
Rear L-R Doug Carter, Frank Hinds
Front —–, —–, Joe Lynch


at back F Dorrington back row: J Gregory, L O'neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker
at back F Dorrington
back row: J Gregory, L O’neil, E Teasdale, A Newel, R Hindle
front: R Haldane, M Hunter, T James, F Hinds, D Parker


Frank Hinds & Gunner

Frank with Gunner

Returning to Singapore Frank worked with several parties – Levelling Party Changi Aerodrome, X6 Party and P Party.


As mentioned above, Frank was a keen rower and tennis player prior to enlisting.

Please read other families who received POW cards in 1943

Below:  In 1945 Frank’s father Thomas Hinds died Sydney. Frank was then a POW.


Frank’s parents were born at Yass, NSW and married there in 1902, soon after moving to WA goldfields.   They had three sons and two daughters.
Frank married 1946 to Ivy Pearl Truscott in Perth.  He and Ivy resided many years in Maylands before moving to Bayswater and nearby suburbs.
Alderton’s suicide in 1952 was felt closely by Ivy and Frank.  Jack Alderton was also a Maylands boy.
Frank passed away 6 May 1982, aged 71 Hollywood Repatriation Hospital.  Ivy died June 1979 aged 59.






Below:  Frank Hinds



Below:  Frank and his mother.


Below:  Artie and Frank Hinds playing tennis tournament,


Below:  Tennis, both Frank and his brother Arthur known as ‘Artie’ are mentioned.

Camp Locations:

  • Changi Aerodrome - Singapore
  • Changi Gaol Camp - Singapore
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore