The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Popham
First Name:
Edward Charles Steven
Nick Name:
Ted
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9263
Company:
‘A’ Company
Enlisted:
30.10.1940
Discharged:
9.01.1946
DOB:
25.11.1901
Place of Birth:
London, England
Father's Name:
Edward James Stanford Popham
Mothers's Name:
Sophia Ellen Popham
Religion:
Baptist
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; A.G.H. Roberts Barracks Changi (8.3.1942, typhus); Serangoon Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘D’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Chungkai, Bangkok
POW#:
4/ 6517 and 8833
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore- Darwin-Perth, PBY Catalina aircraft; Admitted to 110(P)MH on 18.10.1945 with Beri Beri

General Description

A Coy H'qtrs - standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back - Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully
A Coy H’qtrs – standing Alex Hack, Kneeling Back – Ted Popham, Front L-R L Cpl F Anderson, Pte Cyril Fogarty, Pte Shorty Barnes, Boomer Symmons. Breakfast time on march to Waterfall Gully
Popham Ted with son Edward
Popham Ted with son Edward, 4 years

 

Born 1901 London, England to parents Edward & Sophia Popham.
From Gnowangerup Ted enlisted AIF 30 Oct 1940 later joining 2/4th ‘A’ Coy 6 Platoon under CO’s Lt Morrison & Lt Branson.
Popham became ill with typhus 9 Mar 1942 and was hospitalised AGH Roberts Barracks,
Changi.
He left Singapore to work on Burma-Thai Railway with ‘D’ Force S Battalion.  They arrived Kanyu II at the Hellfire Pass Cutting on 25 April 1944.  At the end of the war Ted was recovered from Chungkai (possibly Hospital) and from Bangkok flew to Singapore.  He flew with Catalina to Perth and admitted to110(P)MH on18 Oct 1945 with beri beri.

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Camp Locations:

  • Roberts Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Serangoon Road Camp - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
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