The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Douglas Radcliffe
Nick Name:
Doug or Trader
Corporal (Promoted on 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
‘D’ Company, No. 14 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Alexander Cecil Radcliffe Horn
Mothers's Name:
Blanche Eva Victoria Horn
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Bank Clerk
Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selarang Barracks Changi
‘ D ’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu II, Tarsau, Chungkai, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane (copper mine- furnace attendant), Niihame (furnace attendant and No. 4 Party at wharves)
4 /4513, 8729, 1549
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary; Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker.

General Description

L-R Wally Lynch, Bill Hicks, George Hancock, 'Trader' Horn.
L-R Wally Lynch, Bill Hicks, George Hancock, ‘Trader’ Horn.



Horn was captured West Coast Beach Defences.
It is reported he did an excellent job at Sungei Berih defence line.  He was recommended for rank of L/Sgt on 20.2.42.
‘Trader’ was at the following POW Camps:
Changi – Selarang 15.2 to 4.4.42
Adam Park 4.4.42 to 30.12.42
Changi 30.22.42 to 14.3.1943
Selected for D Force ‘S’ Battalion to work Burma-Thai Railway left Singapore by train on 14 March 1943.
Please read further about ‘D’ Force Thailand S Battalion which included a large number of 2/4th men as did ‘A’ Force Burma Green Force


Kanu II 25.4.43 to 22.6.43

Chungkai 8.12.1943 to 30.4.1944

Tamuang 30.4.44 to 1.7.1944 – selected for Japan

Singapore – River Valley Road Camp

Rashin/Byoki Maru 1.7.44 to 8.9.1944 to Moji Japan.

Yamanii 8.9.44 Copper Mine

Niihama – No. 4 Party on Niihama Wharf

Returned Australia to Sydney by HMS Speaker.

Please read further the shocking story of ‘Speaker’s return to Sydney

Below:  The Horn family receive news from their son ‘Trader’


Doug was son of Alexander Cecil Radcliffe Horn and Eva Blanche Victoria Little who married in 1915.    Doug’s father died 1967 and his mother in 1971.
Doug’s father was Manager of the Union Bank at Canarvon and later transferred to Northern. Doug attended school at Carnarvon.





Above:  No doubt Doug’s father assisted in Doug securing this position.




Below: in 1946 Doug married ‘Kitty’ Kathleen Cecilia O’Neill.



‘Trader’ was Committee member for 2/4th  MGB ex-Members Assoc in 1951, the year it was decided  MGB would present an annual winner’s cup in memory of their CO Lt. Col. Mick Anketell who had died 9 years earlier.  Please read further.

And also 2/4th Association Honour Board.

Please read the interesting story of the real ‘Trader Horn’




Doug Horn died at Mt Pleasant 1983 aged 67 years and Kitty died in 1998.


Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Tarsau, Tha Sao 125k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan