The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Lambie
First Name:
Andrew
Nick Name:
Mick
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9528
Company:
'C' Company
Enlisted:
4.12.1940
Discharged:
20.12.1945
DOB:
23.07.1920
Place of Birth:
Larkhall, Scotland
Father's Name:
Andrew Lambie
Mothers's Name:
Helen Lambie (nee Airnes)
Religion:
Presbyterian
Pre-war Occupation:
Labourer
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Johore Bahru, Adam Park, Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
'D' Force Thailand, S Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Kanu 11 , Hintok Road Camp, Kinsaiyok, Tamuang
Camps Japan:
Yamane, Niihama
POW#:
4/6309, 8803 & 1653
Japan:
Rashin Maru Party
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama-Okinowa, USS Sanctuary, Okinawa-Manila, USS Bingham, Manila-Morotai-Darwin, PBY Catalina aircraft A24-70, Darwin-Adelaide, B24 Liberator aircraft, Adelaide-Perth, ANA airliner.

General Description

Lambie enlisted at Claremont into AIF Dec 1940 and later joined 2/4th’s ‘C’ Company No. 12 Platoon.

Please read about men of 12 Platoon.

He was wounded at Ulu Pandan (where there was a heavy loss of life and many injured) and admitted to 13 AGH 12 Feb 1942 with shrapnel wound (hand grenade) to left hip and back, right buttock. Discharged to unit 23 Feb 1945.
Please read further about Ulu Pandan.
As a POW in Singapore he was at Adam Park 4 April 42 to 30 Dec 1942 and worked at Jahore Bahru.
Lambie left Singapore to work on the Burma-Thai Railway withD’ Force Thailand S Battalion and was one a large number of 2/4th men in this group to work in the Hellfire Pass region.
He was in Thailand 15 March 1943 to July 1944 at Bampong, Kanchanaburi, Tarsau, K2, Hintock, Kinsaiyok and when the rail was completed, sent to Tamuang Camp to recuperate and ‘fatten up’ before he was selected by the Japanese as being fit to work in Japan.
The were were entrained from Thailand back to Singapore and accommodated at River Valley Transit Camp to await a ship to Japan.

Their ship was to be the Rashin ‘Byoki’ Maru.  Please read further.

The POWs arrived at Yamine 10 Sept 1944 to May 1945 where they worked in the copper mine.  He was sent to Niihama May 45 to end of war where he worked in the factory.

 

 

Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred "Cowboy" Matthews, Ralph Hadfield, Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew "Mick" Lambie
Back L-R: Thomas Gibson, Bert Norton, Fred “Cowboy” Matthews, Ralph Hadfield,
Front: George Chatfield, Norm Thompson, Claude Dow, Andrew “Mick” Lambie

 

On arrival in Perth from Darwin on an ANA airliner he was admitted to 110 (P)MM – Hollywood Repatriation Hospital on 9 Oct 1945 with another 2/4th boy, Bob Whitfield.

 

 

Mick Lambie arrived  from London, UK to Fremantle Western Australia 26 Sept 1926 on Benalla aged 6 years with his father who was a miner, mother Helen (nee Airnes) and siblings Gavin 4 years, Daniel 2 years and Elizabeth 2 years.

His parents married 1918 at Lark Hall, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

You can read about the 1910 housing conditions at Lark Hall.

And more information about the Larkhall mines

Mick’s father died in Perth 1971.

On his enlistment details he gave his occupation as horse driver. His NOK was his father Andrew (Snr) and they resided 60 Ashburton Street, Victoria Park. Mick was aged 19 years 10 months.
In 1936 Electoral Roll Mick’s parents were residing Mary Street, Collie his father was working as a labourer and Mick was labouring at Allanson.  By 1939 the family had moved to 60 Ashburton Street, Victoria Park.
After the war Mick married about 1948 to Mary Iris Franklin in Perth. In 1958 Electoral Roll, Mary and Mick were residing Collie where he worked as a carpenter.  In 1968, 1977, 1980 Electoral Roll Mick was working as a carpenter.  He and Mary were residing 22 Princess Road, Balga.
Mick passed away aged 82, November 4 2002, at Mandurah, WA. His cremation service was held at Pinnaroo.

Camp Locations:

  • Adam Park Camp - Singapore
  • Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Hintok, 154k - Thailand
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
  • Kinsaiyok Main, 170.2k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
  • Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan
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