In October 1945, Horace and Doris were notified that their second eldest son, Laurie Grey, had died from illness while prisoner of war in Thailand. They had last received correspondence from their son, Laurie, in October 1943, but he had already passed away from beri beri and amoebic dysentery on 16 September 1943.
Laurie was posted overseas with the 2/40th in December 1941. They landed in West Timor and four months later, in April 1942, Laurie was reported missing.
The division had just under 1,000 Tasmanians who were up against the might of a reported 23,000 Japanese soldiers.
Laurie and his division spent the first seven months of captivity at a Timor military camp. In September 1942, they were shipped to Java whereafter the prisoners were then dispersed throughout the Japanese occupied territories. Laurie was sent to work on the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway.
Today, Laurie’s grave lies at the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.
Navy: The Sailor's Paper Vol 48 No 08, 19 May 2005 p 17
The other four names inscribed on the plaque are:
- Charles Bond, who died while prisoner of war, was visiting friends at Marrawah when he enlisted
- Eric Edwards was killed in HMAS Perth's epic battle with Japanese forces in Sunda Straits
- Clive Horton, also of the 2/40th was the son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Horton of Redpa
- Ivan Sharman, who was killed in action with HMAS Australia, was the son of Mr I Sharman of Irishtown
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