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Departure Dates:-

14, 16-23rd March 1943

Work Party Name:-

“D” Force

Commander:-

Lt-Col.G.G.Carpenter, 1st Cambridgeshire Regiment

 

Lt-Col.McEachern, A.I.F., i.c of A.I.F.

Journey:-

Land

From Camps:-

Changi

To:-

Ban Pong

 

Consisted of:-

British

Australian

Non-Dutch

Dutch

Total

2780

2220

 

 

5000

 

Transports:-

 

Date

Train Party

PoWs

Overall Train To Thailand

1943

 

 

 

14th March

Train 1

 

50

16th March

Train 2

 

51

17th March

Train 3

 

52

18th March

Train 4

 

53

19th March

Train 5

 

54

20th March

Train 6

 

55

21st March

Train 7

 

56

22nd March

Train 8

 

57

23rd March

Train 9

 

58

 

Remarks:-

Known as “D Force”.

Made up of British and Australians in nine train loads. It is unknown how many PoWs per train.

‘D’ Force POWs were to work on the Hellfire Pass region of railway between Wha Pho and Kinsaiyok.

Lt.-Col McEachern was to command the three Australian Battalions ‘S’ through to ‘U’ Battalions, He ran them from ‘S’ Battalion where he commandeered the whole formation at Hintok where Lt-Col. Dunlop worked on the sick.

When Japan surrendered in August 1945, he was the senior Allied officer in Thailand and took  charge of repatriating approximately 30,000 troops. His name is often found on Japanese Index Cards as the Liberation officer.

 


 

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