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Departure Dates:-

22nd June 1943

Work Party Name:-

Saigon Battalion

Commander:-

Lt-Col Frances Edgar Hugonin

Journey:-

Sea/Land

From Camps:-

Saigon, French Indo-China

To:-

No. 2 Jungle camp Kinsaiyok, Thailand

 

Consisted of:-

British

Australian

Non-Dutch

Dutch

Total

 

 

 

 

700

 

Transports:-

 

Date

Train Party

PoWs

Phnom Penh Train To Thailand

1943

 

 

 

23rd June

Train 1

700

1

 

Remarks:-

 

700 all fit men were marched to Saigon Docks and got onto three riverboats which sailed up the Mekong River. After two days they reached Phnom Penh, and marched to the railway station.

Packed into closed goods wagons, there followed a 400 mile train journey, crossing the Thailand border that night.

Stopped for rice and water at daybreak, location not given, then onto Bangkok and a brief stop.

Carrying on by train onto Nong Pladuk, where they stayed for three days before being marched to Ban Pong.

Loaded onto railway wagons laden with sleepers and rails to Tha Sao where the  reality of life on the Thailand Burma Railway was seen by the Saigon Battalion.

Next morning loaded onto trucks, taken to the river and loaded onto barges, up river to Kinsaiyok where they had to build their camp, the Main Camp was already there.

1943/06/29 - No. 2 Jungle camp Kinsaiyok.

1943/07/24 - Kinsaiyok, Commander Lt. Col. Lilley.

 


 

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