Elliott Alfred Alexander (Snow) WATT

WATT, Elliott Alfred Alexander

Service Number: WX8502
Enlisted: 18 October 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Cottesloe, Western Australia, 21 October 1917
Home Town: Shenton Park, Nedlands, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Natural causes, Perth, Western Australia, 1999
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

18 Oct 1940: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN WX8502, Claremont, Western Australia
18 Oct 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN WX8502
15 Feb 1942: Imprisoned Malaya/Singapore
28 Nov 1945: Discharged Private, SN WX8502, 2nd/4th Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Currey

Elliott Watt was married to Eileen Preedy and had 2 sons and a daughter. He served in the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion along with his brother inlaw Eric Lincoln Preedy, in early 1942 Elliott & Eric were sent to Singapore and a couple of weeks later were captured by the Japaneese. After a short stint in Changi Prison Elliott then spent the next 3 years as slave labour on the Thai-Burma Railway. In 1943 Eric died from disease, and Elliott would not find out what happened to Eric untill after the war. Elliott spent time in several camps in Thialand such as Kanu II, Tarsau, Changkai, Petchaburi, etc.

One of the main things I remember about the man I knew as uncle Elliott was how happy he always was, alway laughing, always jolly. He would rarely speak of his experiences in captivity, and never in front of women or children, but there was one story about how they used to feed slugs to the chickens. This would kill the chicken and Japaneese would think there was something wrong with them so they let the prisoners eat them instead. Already knowing what killed the chickens, the prisoners knew there was no danger. Just one of many tricks they used to fool their gaurds and survive.