| Singapore - from Feb.1942
| Burma -Thailand Railway
| "A" Force |
"B" Force | "C" Force |
"D" Force | "E"
Force | "F" Force | "G" Force | "H" Force |
Singapore - from March, 1945 |
Surrender - 1945
Departed Singapore 23/4/1943; arrived Shimo
Returned to Changi, 17/12/1943
was a working party of prisoners of war of the Japanese. It
consisted of 7,000 men, of which 3,662 were Australians, the
others British. The purpose of this working party was to assist
in the construction of the Burma/Thailand Railway linking
Bangkok with Rangoon. The force was formed at Changi and the
first of thirteen trains left Singapore on April 18, 1943. Each
train contained approximately 600 men crowded into rice trucks,
28 men to each truck. The last train departed on April 26, 1943.
Each train took five days to make the journey, Singapore to Bam
the 2/30th travelled in Train 5, which departed Singapore on
23/4/1943. After arrival at Bam Pong, they were then marched
330km to various camps north. The men from Train 5 arrived in
Shimo Sonkurai on 18/5/1943. The main camp for the Australians
was Shimo Sonkurai (No 1 Camp) and Changaraya (No 5 Camp).
These camps were located in the centre of the cholera belt.
Consequently the Australians were to lose 1,060 men from various
diseases, mainly cholera, in the period April to November 1943.
November 1943 "F" Force was transferred south by train, to Kan
Buri Hospital Camp, about 80 km from Bangkok.
the the members of "F" Force arrived back in Changi on
Wigmore, Lionel, The Japanese
Thrust (Australian War Memorial, Canberra. 1968), and NX68238 - DESMET, Stanley Job (Bill), Pte. - BHQ Band 22/4/2006;
NAA - B883, NX45299)
Stan, One Man's War (Stan Arneil, 1980)
Heroes of F Force (Don Wall, Mona Vale, NSW. 1993)