The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Doolan
First Name:
Bernard Patrick
Nick Name:
Barny
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX9391
Company:
Headquarters Company, No. 3 Platoon
Enlisted:
21.11.1940
Discharged:
18.01.1946
DOB:
7.05.1910
Place of Birth:
Geraldton, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Patrick Doolan
Mothers's Name:
Nellie Doolan
Religion:
Roman Catholic
Pre-war Occupation:
Truck Driver
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Green Force No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Non Pladuk, Kachu Mountain Camp, Petchaburi, Nacompaton, Nakom Nayok.
POW#:
2668
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle HMT Circassia

General Description

Doolan enlisted AIF 30 July 1940 later joining 2/4th MGB’s Headquarters Company No. 3 Platoon as Pioneer Sergeant under Capt. Phelps and Lt. O’Sullivan.

 

Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row - Tom Firns, H. Elkins,Scotty McEwan, Front row - Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan
Back row L-R E. Preedy, J. Heffernan, J. Holt, Bluey Smith, Lin Powell, R Kelt, 2nd row – Tom Firns, H. Elkins,Scotty McEwan, Front row – Darkie Rennie, Unknown, R Newling, J. Quinn, Barney Doolan

 

Selected with ‘A’ Force  Burma Green Force No. 3 to work on the Burma end of the Railway, Bernie Doolan with at the following Camps:
Victoria Point
Tavoy
Moulmein
Kanchanaburi
Tamarkan
Chungkai.
Non Pladuk
Petchaburi
Nacompaton
Nakom Nayok
He was recovered from Kachu Mountain Camp at war’s end.
Please read Flanigan’s War Affidavit
It was at Kachu Mountain Camp in 1945, that Doolan was savagely beaten by Japanese guard ‘The Gobbler’ for supposedly handing out incorrect tools to POWs before starting out to work.  The attack lasted several minutes, he was beaten about the head and face by Gobbler’s fist then with his stick leaving Doolan with severe lacerations to his head and face.

(recorded in Flanigan’s War Trial Affadavit)

‘Barney’ Doolan died 13 July 1999.

 

Doolan married about 1931 at Geraldton  to Radiance Pearson.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Kachau Mountain Camp - Thailand
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