The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Nick Name:
- Warrant Officer Class 2
- Regimental #:
- 'C' Company Headquarters, Company Sgt Major
- Place of Birth:
- Claremont, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- Thomas Hampton
- Mothers's Name:
- Murial May Hampton
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Shop Assistant
- Selarang Camp Changi
- 'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- Tamarkan, Chungkai, Linson Wood Camp, Chungkai, Tamuang, Bangkok
- Camps Burma:
- Victoria Polint, Tavoy, Ye, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw 14km, Meiloe 75km (evacuated to Thanbyuzayat for six months with malaria); Reptu 30Km Tanbaya
- 1311 and 12079 (Linson)
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay 15.10.45 - 24.10.1945 to 110 (P)MH.
Prior to enlistment, Tom was Sgt with 25th Light Horse.
Eric Teasdale (survived and returned to WA) & Tom Hampton. Tom was best man at Teasdale’s wedding. Hampton had played sports with Teasdale at Merredin.
Tom was at Camps: Vic Point, Tavoy, Ye, Thanby, 3.8 K, 75K where he contracted malaria and was transferred to Thanby hospital 13.4.1943 for six months during which time the hospital was bombed. Following which he was at 8K Wagale, 105K where he marched in ex 30K Reptu 6.9.1943, Tanbaya (Lamaign) then Tamakan hospital 3.12.1943, Chunkai 27.7.1944 to 28.4.1944, Hindato/Linson (POW NO. 12079) chopping wood (perforated duodenal ulcer December 1944), left Chungkai 27.8.1945 returned January 1945, Tamuang, Bangkok.
On his return to WA Tom spent time at Lady Mitchell Convalescent Home to receive treatment for his eyesight which had suffered due to lack of vitamins. Please read further.
Below: Tom is recorded along with other 2/4th Bevis, Tom Fitzpatrick, Baker
Soldier Reunited with Saviour – as per August 1985 “Barbed Wire and Bamboo”
The generosity of Onslow residents has reunited veteran Tom Hampton with a man who helped save his life in a Japanese prisoner of war camp.
When Mr Hampton needed an emergency stomach operation, Bill Carlyon was among the prisoners who carried him 2km through thick Thai jungle to an Australian surgeon, Phil Millard. In the darkness of night Dr. Millard dressed in his Christmas concert costume with a dim oil lamp for lighting faced a most difficult operation – a perforated gastric ulcer. Hampton survived – another patient did not.
Tom Hampton’s Recollection to Dr, Phil Millard
‘I can clearly remember that night being carried to the Theatre ? (such as it was) there seemed to be some jungle mist or smoke about and it gave me an eerie feeling. I well remember the tins filled with oil and wicks – also I can recall you coming to see me from a concert, you seemed to be dressed in a striped top – something like an old time bathing costume. I also remember the other doctor but didn’t realise that he played such a vital part in urging you to operate – so to me he is the World’s greatest Urger. I can recall the other poor unfortunate chap who didn’t make it – thinking that after he had died that I might only have a few hours to go myself. I stayed a few days at your camp then was taken back to the timber camp’. (Linson Wood).
The two friends fought with the WA 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion. The last time they met was on a ship home after the war.
Now the Onslow community has got together to raise more than $1100 to send Mr Carylon (80) to Perth for his first ANZAC Day march and to see Mr Hampton again.
Mr Hampton (68) said – “I will never be able to repay Bill, but it is good to be able to thank him properly. I had a burst duodenal ulcer in the POW camp, and I thought that I would be lucky to survive. But some of the boys had heard about an Australian surgeon at a nearby camp. They made a stretcher and persuaded the Japanese to let them take me.”
Mr Carylon said, “They have been marvellous. It was a total surprise when they told me about the trip. It means so much to me to see the men of the battalion again and Tom.”
Onslow storekeeper, Mr Martin Petering said, “We are all so proud of Bill. He is a wonderful old man. We knew how much he wanted to take part in the Perth ANZAC Day parade, so we started raising the money”.
Tom married 1951 to Eileen (Joan) Freeman.
Mac McPherson, Tom & Joan Hampton, Mrs McPherson
Tom died 22 January 2001 aged 84.
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
- Linson Wood Camp, 202k - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
- Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Reptu, Retphaw, 30Kilo 385k - Burma
- Tavoy (Dawei) - river port - Burma
- Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
- Ye - Burma
- Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma