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The Death Railway, Thailand/Burma

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    Those known to have been held in or employed at

    The Death Railway, Thailand/Burma

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

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    Ron Rigby

    Ron Rigby was a Japanese POW on the "Death Railway" (Thailand/Burma). I listened with great interest to his war accounts, some humorous and some horrific. Sadly, Ron died in 2006 aged 86 years.

    Peter Nowell

    Algynon Starling Cambridgeshire Rgt (TA)

    I am trying to gather information on my grandfather, Algynon Starling. The only information I have is that he was in the Cambridgeshire Territorials during WW2, serving with his brother Claude. They were posted to Singapore where he was captured by the Japanese. He ended up working on the Burma Railway. If anyone can supply any other information I would be very grateful.

    D. Lower

    Charles Holder

    My grandfather Charles Holder was a veteran of the Burma Railway POW camps. He was born in Cubbington, Warwickshire on 1st January 1916 as Charles Makim Bean. Later he changed his name to Charles Holder. After the war he lived in Newcastle and possibly worked at Catterick Camp, N. Yorkshire. He would be 88 years old now. He lost touch with my mother due to divorce. I would very much like to know anything about him.

    Helen Fall

    Rflmn. Charles Connor 1st Btn (Scottish Rifles) Cameronians (d.8th April 1944)

    Charles Connor entered Burma on 12th February 1942 with the 1st Battalion Scottish Rifles when they were sent into Burma following the Japanese invasion of the country. He was captured by the Japanese during the retreat from Burma about July 1942 and put to work building the Burma Railway. He died in Japanese captivity on the Burma Railway.

    He is commemorated on the Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar Face 10.

    Charles was born and lived in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. He was the son of Denis and Margaret Connor, Coatbridge, Lanarkshire and the husband of Myrtle Connor, Aberdeen.

    John Cyril Tomalin

    Pte. David John Wighton Larter 6th Btn. Royal Norfolk Regiment (d.9th July 1943)

    Edwin Sabberton

    My mother, Olive Hunt married her childhood sweetheart, David Larter, just two weeks before he sailed for Singapore. He enlisted with his three best friends, these were, his half-brother Edwin Sabberton, my mum's brother Tom Hunt and her sister's husband Horace Crisp. They were all captured by the Japanese and sent to work on the Thai-Burma railway. Only two of them returned home at the end of the war, these were Tom Hunt and Horace Crisp. David and Edwin's war graves are in the Kanchanaburi cemetary in Thailand.

    June Melvin

    Pte. Henry George Sivewright Gordon Highlanders

    Henry Sivewright served with the Gordon Highlanders in Malaya from 1939 until being captured in Singapore 1942. He was a P.O.W until 1945, where he worked on the Thailand, Burma railway. He was repatriated in 1945, demobbed 1946.

    Robert Sivewright

    Pte. Charles Sivewright Gordon Highlanders

    Charles Sivewright served in Malaya with the Gordon Highlanders from 1939 - 1942. He was captured by the Japanese in Singapore and was a POW from 1942 - 1945.

    Robert Sivewright

    S.Sgt. John Gordon Dobney Royal Army Service Corps (d.11th Aug 1943)

    Gordon Dobney was the only son of Ellen Stewart Dobney nee Hodgkins and Malcolm Gordon Dobney. His father, Malcolm, had been a Serjeant in the 1/14th London Scottish regiment for 10 years before being killed in WW1 on 6th April 1917 when Gordon was just 18 months old.

    Gordon died from disease contracted while being forced by the Japanese to work on the infamous railroad beside Kanchanaburi War Cemetery in, what is now, Thailand. I believe he was cremated but is memorialised in that cemetery. The loss of her only child in WW2 after the loss of her husband in WW1 had a deep and lasting effect on Great Aunt Nellie, although she lived to the old age of 91, dying in 1981 in Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland.

    Richard Alexander

    Frank Faulkner Royal Corp of Signals

    Frank Faulkner was captured at the fall of Singapore and transported to work on the telegraph on the Burma railway, he survived the war.

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