Research & Articles by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (Retired), JP
Research, Interviews and Articles about the Prisoners Of War of the Japanese who built the Burma to Thailand railway during world war two. Focusing on the doctors and medical staff among the prisoners. Also organised trips to Thailand twice a year.
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Medical Officers (Doctors)
on the Burma Thailand Railway during World War II

At the fall of Singapore there were about 100 Medical and Dental Officers who became Prisoners of War. There were probably a greater number of MOs from the other Allied forces. 43 Medical Officers and 5 Dental Officers were sent to Burma & Thailand in support of the POWs on the Railway. A list of these officers, provided by Dr John Mitchell of Victoria, together with the identity of the force to which they were attached, is listed below.



List of AAMC Officers on Burma-Thailand Railway plus 2 American Officers have been added.



A FORCE To Burma May 1942

HAMILTON, T Lt-Col SMO 2/4 CCS NX70505
COATES, AE Lt-Col 2/10 AGH VX39198
EADIE, NB Lt-Col 2/13 AGH VX14845
HOBBS, AF Maj 2/4 CCS SX10761
FISHER, WE Maj 2/4 CCS NX70506
KRANTZ, SS Maj 2/4 CCS SX13978
RICHARDS, CRB Capt 2/15 Fd Regt NX70273
ANDERSON, CD Capt 2/4 MGB WX3464
CUMMING, GD Capt 2/10 Fd Amb NX70385
BRERETON, TLG Capt 2/4 CCS NX76108
HIGGIN, JP Capt 2/4 CCS NX34949
WHITE, AJM Capt 2/4 CCS TX6074
SIMPSON, ST Capt (Dentist) 2/4 CCS TX2188
TREVELEVEN WJK Capt (Dentist) 25 Dental Unit VX39266


D FORCE To Southern end of line March 1943

HAZELTON, AR Maj SMO 2/10 Fd Amb NX35134
PARKER, RG Capt 2/10 Fd Amb NX71143
WRIGHT, RG Capt 2/10 AGH NX70664
MILLARD, PT Capt 2/26 Bn NX76511
HINDER, D Capt 2/19 Bn NX76302
FINIMORE LT Capt (Dentist) 32 Dental Unit QX25482


DUNLOP FORCE To Southern end of line January 1943

DUNLOP, EE Lt-Col 2/2 CCS VX259
MOON, AA Maj 2/2 CCS NX455
CLARKE, JER Maj (Dentist) 2/2 CCS QX6245
GODLEE, T Capt 2/3 MGB WX11057


F FORCE To Northern Thailand April 1943

STEVENS, RH Maj SMO 2/12 Fd Amb NX39043
HUNT, BA Maj 2/13 AGH WX11177
ROGERS, EA Maj 2/13 AGH TX2199
CAHILL, RL Capt (Lloyd) 2/19 Bn NX35149
CAHILL, FJ Capt (Frank) 2/9 Fd Amb VX39702
HENDRY, PIA 2/10 Fd Amb NX35147
TAYLOR, JL Capt 2/30 Bn NX70453
MILLS, RM Capt 2/10 Fd Amb NX35139
BRAND, V Capt 2/29 Bn VX39085
JUTTNER, CP Capt 2/9 Fd Amb SX14044
MANNION RI Capt (Dentist) 33 Dental Unit QX25481


H FORCE To Southern end of line 1943

MARSDEN, EA Maj 2/10 AGH NX39316
FAGAN, KJ Maj 2/10 AGH NX70643
WINCHESTER Mac K Capt(Dentist) 43 ADU NX76600


L FORCE Deployed in medical support of natives August 1943

ANDREWS, HL Maj 2/10 AGH VX39316
MURPHY, PF Maj 2/10 Fd Amb NX70489
CRANKSHAW, TP Maj 2/13 AGH VX62081


K FORCE Deployed in medical support of natives June 1943

DAVIES, GFS Maj 2/13 AGH NX76351
HOGG, TGH Capt 2/13 AGH TX2185
FREW, JK Capt 2/13 AGH VX39181
DREVERMANN, EB Capt 2/13 AGH VX61260


US Military physicians on the TBR2




Short articles have been produced on Captains Claude Anderson, Phil Millard, Peter Hendry and Major Kevin Fagan. Also covered is Capt Stanley Pavillard of the Straits Settlements Volunteer Forces. Material is being assembled on Majors Bruce Hunt and Allan Hazelton and Captains Colin Juttner, Rowley Richards, Lloyd Cahill and Victor Brand. There is an abundance of information on Lt Col Weary Dunlop and to a lesser extent on Lt Col Albert Coates and short articles on them will be produced in due course.

However, there appears to be little information on many of the other officers shown above.


April 2022



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