The Soldier's Details

First Name:
Charles Peter
Regimental #:
'C' Company, 12th Platoon
Place of Birth:
Northampton, Western Australia
Father's Name:
James Archibald McLoughlin
Mothers's Name:
Violet Minnie Mcloughlin (nee Counsel)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Timber Worker
'A' Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Force
Camps Thailand:
131km, 133km, Kanchanaburi, Tamarkan, Nikhe Wood Camp, Petchaburi, Lopburi, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok
Camps Burma:
Tanyin 35km, Anakwin 45km, Taungzan 57km, Mezali 72km, Apalon 77km, Kyondaw 108km
Camps Java:
Leles, Bandoeng, Bicycle camp Batavia
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa.

General Description



McLoughlin was one of about 90 men from 2/4th who were AWOL at Fremantle when ‘Aquitania’ anchored for one night 15 January 1942.  He was unable to reboard before his ship departed following day.

Read about those AWOL at Fremantle.

Arriving in Java, McLoughlin was attached to 2/2nd MG  Battalion and worked at Tjillitan aerodrome near Bataum.
Taken POW of Japan on 9 March 1942 near Leles.   Moved to Bandeong POW Camp.  Selected to work on Burma Thai Railway was moved to Bicycle Camp before being shipped to Singapore and Rangoon.
With Java Group No. 4 Williams Force  he arrived at Singapore 12 October 1942.  They left 2 days later for  Rangoon, Burma then to Moulmein before heading to railway to their first work Camp No. 35Km.
Read about Java Force Group No. 4 Williams Force
After working in Burma on rail link, McLoughlin then worked for Williams Force on Thai side of border  firstly cutting wood for trains. Then Linson/Hindaine, Petchaburi, Nakom Nayok and Lopburi – with other 2/4th men Dusty Millar, Steele, Hampton and Stribling.
Born in Northampton to parents James and Violet O’Loughlin (nee Counsel) who had married in 1918.



Above: James McLoughlin had continued living in Northampton up until 1930.  His mother was residing in Mt Lawley in 1945.  Peter was the eldest of four sons.

Below:  Grandfather (Counsel) died in 1941.



His brother James Archibald McLaughlin  Born 1921, also enlisted and died January 1944 over Germany.  His burial place is Charlottenburg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany.




Peter’s father James McLoughlin died 1952 at Marble Bar.  His mother Violet died 1978 at Nedlands.



Peter married in 1947 to Ruby Collins.  They lived in the Busselton area.  Peter died 5 April 2004 aged 84 years.


Camp Locations:

  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Lopburi - Thailand
  • Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
  • Nikhe Wood Camp, Ni Thea, 131 Kilo, 284k - Thailand
  • Petchaburi - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Taungzun, 60 Kilo, 358k - Burma
  • Bandoeng - Java ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Leles - Java
  • Tanyin 35 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Anakwin 45 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Mezali 70km Camp - Burma
  • Kyondaw 95 Kilo Camp – Burma