The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Jones
First Name:
Benjamin Charles
Nick Name:
Ben or Charles Benny
Rank:
Acting Corporal (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX9112
Company:
‘C’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
DOB:
24.08.1913
Place of Birth:
Pingelly, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Benjamin Jones
Mothers's Name:
Maude Eliza Jones (nee Kerr)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Plot 1, Row N, Grave 13, Age 30.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp and Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tarsau, Kanu II, Hintok, Kinsaiyok, Chungkai
POW#:
4/4523 & 8732
Cause of Death:
Avitaminosis
Place of Death:
Chungkai
Date of Death:
5.11.1943
Buried:
Grave No. 849, Chungkai.

General Description

Studio portrait inscribed: Ben Jones WX8449 , Reg WX8445; George Taylor WX8448 Pte J H Johnson? (back). 2/4 Machine Batt [Battalion]/ Singapore.

Believed to be WX9112 Corporal Benjamin Charles Jones (front left) who died whilst a prisoner of war on 5 November 1943; WX8445 Reginald Charles Carter (front centre) who died whilst a prisoner of war on 18 February 1945; WX8448 George Taylor, who was not a prisoner of war. The person behind is possibly identified as Private J H Johnson, but cannot be further identified.

Image may have been taken in Perth WA (rather than Singapore), but certainly printed there because of the emboss on the front right corner.

 

 

Ben Jones enlisted AIF Oct 1940 and later joined ‘C’ Coy.

He was promoted to Acting Corporal 24 Jan 1942.

Please read about the men of 12 Platoon

In Singapore Ben was selected with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work in Thailand on the Railway.   This Battalion along with ‘A’ Force Green Force Burma included the largest number of men from 2/4th.  S Battalion firstly worked at Tarsau for a few weeks before arriving at Konyu II Camp in the Hellfire Cutting on 25th April 1943. Konyu II Camp conditions were harsh and the work cutting through the rock face took a terrible toll on the men working here.

We cannot be absolutely certain of Ben’s movements after, there are no records however he was probably sent to Hintok or Kinsaiyok.  It would have been from one of these camps he was evacuated sick from and sent to Chungkai.

 

 

 

Today Ben rests at Kanachanaburi War Cemetery and is one of 91 men from the 2/4th.

 

Ben was the eldest of 2 sons and 4 daughters born to Benjamin Jones and Maude Eliza Kerr who married in 1908 at Moorumbine, Beverley.  ‘Ben’ Jones (Snr) died in 1965 and Maude died in 1978.  In the 1949 and 1954 Electoral Roll,  Ben (Snr) and Maude Jones were living in Hopetown, Ben was a fisherman.

Ben Jones married Patricia Doreen Hawkins about 1941 and the couple had a son Terrence.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Hintok, 154k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
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