The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Gordon Spurgeon
- Sergeant (Promoted on 29.1.1942)
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company, 4 Platoon
- Place of Birth:
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Father's Name:
- Frank Millard Ohrt
- Mothers's Name:
- Marjorie Ohrt
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- ‘A’ Force Burma; Green Force No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Chungkai, Linson Wood Camp, Tamuang, Kanchanaburi, Nacompaton, Bangkok
- 2664 and 12090 - Linson
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand‐Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia
Ohrt enlisted AIF 30 Oct 1940. He later joined 2/4th MGB’s ‘A’ Company. He was promoted to Sergeant 29 Jan 1942.
Ohrt left with the first Australian work party from Singapore, sailing to south west Burma with ‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion – they would several months repairing and improving airfields before heading to the Burma end of the Railway. Green Force starting working on the Burma-Thai Railway 1 Oct 1941 and would spend the next 12 months doing so.
He was recovered from Thailand at the end of the war.
Before enlisting Gordon had a strong interest in entertainment.
Gordon Ohrt married in Katanning 1946 to Helen (Patricia) Warren.
Below: From Great Southern Herald 17 May 1946
They lived at Badgeup in the Katanning district for several years.
Gordon died Claremont 24 Feb 2007 aged 87 years. Patricia died at Leederville 30 May 2018 aged 93 years.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
- Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
- Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
- Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand