The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Thomas Albert Henry
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company, No. 6 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Earlstown Lane, England
- Father's Name:
- Thomas Charles Minchin
- Mothers's Name:
- Edith Emily Minchin
- Salvation Army
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Rock Driller & Powder Monkey
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma; Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamakan, Nakom Nayok
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Khonkan, Meiloe, Aungganaung
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa
Minchin enlisted AIF 30 Oct 1940 and later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Coy 5 Platoon as a driver/mechanic.
Tom Minchin’s photo was included 15 May 1941 ‘Sons of Empire’.
We believe the above to be siblings of Tom’s wife Marg (nee Whittem).
Tom Minchin was selected with ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force No. 3 Battalion to work on Burma end of Burma Thai Railway. ‘A’ Force made up of 3,000 Australian PoWs departed Singapore Harbour on 14n May 1942.
When the Rail Link was completed and the Japanese began bringing all POWs in Burma south at the end of 1943 into one of the larger camps in Thailand – Tom Minchin was sent to Tamakan.
Tom was recovered from Nakom Nayok when war ended – he was sent to Bangkok, to Bangkok University to await flights out of Thailand.
Tom Minchin was with Doc Anderson from 2/4th in Thailand.
Thomas Minchin married about 1937 to Margaret Wittem. Margaret is sister to Frances (Eileen) Hodgson (nee Wittem), sister-in-law to (Tim) Leonard Sydney Hodgson WX9231 (died Khonkan Hospital, Burma 1943 following second leg ampuation). Tim’s brother John Thomas Hodgson married Frances (Eileen) Hodgson.
The Minchin and Hodgson families would have known each other from farming in Denmark.
Thomas Minchin was the eldest of about 7 children born to parents Thomas (Snr) and Edith Emily Godsell. There were 6 boys and two girls born in England. Tom was the second youngest followed by Ernst 6 months.
The Minchin family arrived at Albany from London in January 1927 on ‘Verdic’. Tom’s father’s occupation was recorded as ‘Gardener’. The family moved to Denmark to farm with Group 41 Settlement. Thomas (Jnr) was about 15 years.
Father Thomas Minchin died in 1963 and his mother Edith died 1981 Perth.
After the war Thomas and wife Margaret (nee Whittem) remained living in the Denmark/Albany region. The couple lived/farmed at Youngs Siding for at least 25 years from mid 1950’s. In about 1980 Thomas and Margaret then moved to Albany although they maintained their farming interest.
Thomas Minchin aged 95 died in Albany on 25 June 2005.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn