The Official 2/26 Battalion Website

In affiliation with the 2/26 Battalion Family & Friends Association Inc.

"This website came to fruition in an attempt to tell the true story the 2/26th Infantry Battalion, (the only Infantry Battalion raised in Queensland; part of the 27th Brigade, 8th Division) played during the Malay Campaign of World War II..... "The 8th Division constituted 14% of the British force but it took 73% of the battle deaths."


In early May 1942, the first work party was sent away from Singapore.These parties were called Forces, and each given a letter of the alphabet, thus 'A' Force, 'B' Force etc. Officers and other ranks of the 2/26 Battalion were in every Force sent away. Several of these Forces were never to see Singapore again.

The majority of members of the 2/26 Battalion were selected as members of 'F'  Force.

May 1942

 “A” Force – 4,000 prisoners – 3,000 of them Australians sent to Burma.

July 1942

“B” Force – Approx. 1,500 prisoners sent to Sandakan

August 1942

 Senior Officers Party - 1,375 prisoners sent to Japan via Formosa and Korea – approx 850 Aussies

August 1942

 Senior Officers Party - 500 Aussies sent to Takoo (Formosa) Seoul (Korea) 

November 1942

 “C’ Force 2,250 prisoners sent to Japan – 750 Australians

January 1943

 1,375 prisoners, among them 1,000 Aussies sent to Burma

March 1943

“D” Force - 3,650 Aussies out of a total of 5,000 prisoners sent to Thailand

March 1943

“E” Force – 1,000 men, half of them Aussies sent to Borneo

April 1943

 “F” Force – over 7,000 men, just over half of them Aussies sent to Thailand 

April 1943

 “G” Force of 1,500, including 250 Aussies sent to Japan

May 1943

 “H’ Force of 3,250, including 500 Aussies sent to Thailand 

May 1943

250 prisoners sent to Burma

June 1943

  “J” Force of 875 including 250 Australians sent to Japan

June 1943

"K" Force sent to Thailand

June 1943

  "L"; Force sent to Thailand


Total Number of Deaths as Prisoners of War 70, 000

Conscripted Asian Labourers (Estimate) 9,354

British, Dutch and American  2,646

Aussies  82,000 Lives lost (Approximately)