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.