POW MESSAGES & INFO:
Thanks to all those sending in messages. Unfortunately I have no way of assisting anyone to find information or people but am happy to publish letters in the hope that someone will read them and be able to assist. Please include a contact email address for people to be able to contact you.
Many thanks for your site; those of us trying to piece together the final years of relatives who died as FEPOWs find your pages invaluable.
I am trying to trace anyone who knows anything about the 1st Cambridgeshires (who made an heroic stand at Singapore before being told by inept British commanders to surrender) and in particular anyone who might have known Bert Knight of Gamlingay, Cambs.
I am not sure if you are the right contact person to attend to. If I am wrong, then please help me to give the right person to contact. I already contacted the naval archives, but they could not help me. My name is Gerard Jacobs, Dutch nationality. About 3 months I started a search about my fathers life. His name is Johannes Jacobus Jacobs, registration number of the Dutch Army 96388. He was a private of the North East Indies Army in 1940. After the North East Indies capitulation in March 1942, he got imprisoned by the Japs and sent to Siam, working at the death railway. In 1944 he was transported to Tokyo Camp 14D and liberated in August 1945 or mid September 1945. I am not sure about the exact date. He was sent to an American hospital ship and from the internet I found that the USS Marigold and the USS Benevolence were in Tokyo Bay at that time. I am wondering if there is any information or registration of POW’s that were on board. At September 30th 1945 my father was taken over to commander Harold Stassen. After his stay at one of the hospital ships, he went to Okinawa by plan and from there he went to Manilla by plane.
I would appreciate very much if you could help me to find his name on one of the registration lists and his medical record after he boarded Benevolence. I have seen a small rosterlist of crewmembers of the Benevolence who were onboard during 1945. But I do not how to contact them.
It is important for me and my family to refind my father. He died when I was 15 and my father did not talk about these dark years. Besides, I was too young to understand. But now there is an urge to find information as much as possible to understand what my father has gone through like all the other men at those days.
Awaiting your response and thanking you in advance,
Ronald C. Parker, the son of a WWll Hong Kong veteran, has written a book that tells the wrenching story of one of the great battles of World War ll , “DEADLY DECEMBER, The Battle of Hong Kong ”. He is the son of Major Maurice A. Parker, Commanding Officer of “D” Company, The Royal Rifles of Canada. The author was born on April 28, 1939 in Quebec City. He spent 7 1/2 years in the 57th Loc. Bty., RCA(Militia). He moved to London, Ontario in 1962 where he resides with his family to this day. On December 8th, 1941, hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, they launched an air attack on the British Crown Colony of Hong Kong. For the first time the saga is told from a Canadian perspective, using the words of those soldiers who fought that, long ago, almost forgotten battle. Some 50,000 battle-tested Japanese soldiers stood poised on the mainland waiting to storm Fortress Hong Kong. It was defended by 15,000 inexperienced British, Indian, and local militia troops , along with Canadian soldiers from The Royal Rifles of Canada and The Winnipeg Grenadiers. This is their story.
This book DEADLY DECEMBER is dedicated to his Dad, and to all the brave men and women who fought The Battle of Hong Kong. It is meant to keep the memory of those men and women alive. This book is published by Lulu, founded in 2002; Lulu (www.lulu.com), is the world’s fastest-growing provider of print-on-demand books. Lulu provides a market place for struggling authors. They need not struggle more. Follow this link to http://www.lulu.com/content/561522 to purchase the book. To contact Ronald C. Parker: email@example.com
I am trying to find information for my grandmother on Mr Timothy Keene/Keane (unsure of spelling) who was a Japanese POW. they were good friends before the war. he last visited my grandmother approx. 28 years ago, he was then living in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. any information would be greatly appreciated, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am trying to find any information about my grandfather who i am told was in a Japanese POW camp. I never met him as he survived the camp but died before i was born. Hi name was Joseph Frederick Charles Hammond and apparently was a corporal in the British Army. If anybody knew him, or can give me any information about him, i would be extremely grateful.
Thank You, Julie Hudson
I am looking for information about Private George McCann (S/99028 of the 6th RASC K Division Field Bakery). George, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, was a POW in Java in 1942. He was taken to Ambon and apparently died in 1944 on board ship returning from Ambon to Java, After the war he was officially reported to have died on 6th September 1944 and buried at sea. His name is on the memorial at Singapore, for those who have no known graves. However his family were later told by a soldier who had been on the same ship, that George's body (along with the body of at least one other soldier, an officer) was taken off the ship at Makassar and buried there. George sailed from the Clyde (probably at the end of 1941 ) in the Caernarvon Castle, which stopped in South Africa. They went on to Java where they became prisoners of war under the Japanese. They were then taken to Ambon, Apparently George worked in the kitchens in Ambon but then became ill and was carried on board, possibly on the 30th August 1944. He did not make it back to Java. George was twenty-six at his death.
If anyone has any information or recollections of George we would be very grateful. My mother, who is the last of all his brothers and sisters, is now in her eighties, and it would give her comfort to know even a little more about what happened to him. She is particularly distressed that her family were told in the official letter that he was buried at sea when it seems he may have been buried in Makassar. She did try to find out more a number of years ago and received help from several kind people, but we thought that with the resources of the internet we might find out a little more. Yours sincerely,
My grandpa served in 13 AGH in WWII and was imprisoned in Changi soon after the fall of Singapore. I believe that he worked on the Burma railroad. His name was Arthur Howes (a.k.a. Len)and he died 23 years ago from a war related illness. I was only 7 years old at the time and I regret that I never had the chance to speak to him about his experiences (although my family have told me that he found it very difficult to do so anyway). I would love to hear from anyone who knew my pa. I miss him every day of my life and I would love to know his story so that I can one day pass it on to my children and my children's children.
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If you don't mind posting this on your page - I have two areas of interest: 1 Field Bakery AASC and a Gunner Len Buckley.
I have letters from a Mrs Annie Mary Buckley to my Grandfather, Lloyd Charles Daniels (QX9960), written in 1945. Annie is asking Lloyd as to the whereabouts of her son, Leonard Buckley (QX18759). Lloyd has informed her that Len died at Tambaya.
I am interested in contacting anyone who may have the letters that Lloyd sent to Annie in response to the letters now in my possession. I have contacted Len's family, who were very helpful and patient, but have been unable to find these letters. They may be in the possession of Len's fiancé Bess, whose surname I unfortunately don't know.
I've seen all of Len's records etc at NAA and have done significant research into his movements, and that of my grandfather, during their time as prisoners of the Japanese. However, a copy of the letters from Lloyd to Annie Mary would be extremely valuable to me, as would any correspondence from Len and Lloyd's mutual friends Jim Leeke and Fred Medhurst.
I'm also extremely interested in contacting any survivors from 1st Field Bakery, Malaya, the unit in which Lloyd served, or any reletives, or anyone with personal experience of any of these men.
Anyone with any information whatsoever on either of these matters is welcome to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, keep up the good work.
I am looking for information about my uncle; Or photos of hes unit, and any current surving members that I may write to. I have been trying to get hold of a hard copy of a book called - WE WERE THE FIRST written about hes unit. As they were the fisrt offcial commandoe unit raised in Australia.
Douglas John Little
1 Independant Commandoe Company
Enlistment - 1 July 1942
World war 2
POW - Rabaul
Beleive to have lost hes life on the japanese prison ship MONTIVIDEO MARU. With another 1200 poor souls. I to am called Douglas John Little named after my dads brother. And have served 22 years in the ARA. I have done overseas operational deployments. And currently now serve as ARes member. Currently I work for the Australian Public service in defence. My dad is currently 76 years old, the yougest of 12 children, with six still being alive. He was just a child when hes brother left for the war. It would mean alot to him if we could get hold of a contact that may have some information about our enquiry's. Thankyou for any assistance's.
PH: 02 96004828
Dear Sir, I came across your website, and was wondering if somebody would be able to help me. I am seeking information on Bombadier William Lynn Gibson, of the 8th Division, 2/10th Field Regiment A.I.F. He was captured during the Fall of Singapore, incarcerated in Changi, and then worked on the Burma Railway until the end of World War Two. He was my Grandfather. I would dearly like to hear from anyone who served alongside him to tell me about him. I never got to meet him, and would just like to know about him. I would be extremely grateful for any assistance. Many thanks. Kind regards, Anne Gibson
My father, James Robinson, was a captain in the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire regiment. He was captured at Singapore and spent three years on the Burma Siam railway. He died in 1980.
I would most grateful if anyone who knew him could provide me with information about what happened to him during his captivity.
I would greatly like to hear from anyone who has still survived the life we led in Banka Island and later in and around Palembang. I would also like to hear whether any of all those we buried in nothing but bamboo were lster given a proper grave.
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I am trying to find out about my Grandfathers RCAF service and so far I have hit a wall he was a POW in Java and his name was Donald Raymond Rice he was a native of Canada and meet my Grandmother while posted in N/Wales and never went back to Canada only for Holidays so if you know of any sites I might be able to go to to try and find out information I would be grateful if you could let me know my E-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you David Roberts
Hello, I am looking for anyone who might have some info about my grand father, this is the only info that I have: His name Andries Jacobus Diehl, born 01/03/1909 in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Died on 06/22/1943 at the Birma Railroad KM 18 ( NOW KNOWN AS THAILAND) Left on 05/18/1927 to the Dutch west indies
His military ID # 85677.Thank you, Shirley Spinello - Diehl
Sir, Have just found your web site and wish to gather information on an old friend who was twice torpedoed finally ending up as a POW on Java until war end. I'm not certain of his British regiment. He was Ken Biddulph and died of heart failure in Rhodesia in 1982. He has surviving family and I hope to gather some information for them. Name of camp/s etc. Thank you, Dave Webber
HI INTERESTING SITE, CAN I LEAVE DETAILS OF MY DAD HE WAS CAPTURED AT JAVA, HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE - GUNNER ERNEST CROFT RA FROM ABBEY WOOD, ANY ONE KNEW HIM LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU, Ray
First of all thank you for this fantastic site, which children of POWs like myself can share. I am a Canadian and my Father was a doctor captured in Singapore, and shipped off to Formosa. I made a film about this for the National film Board which can be obtained through them. I
don't own it or get any residuals...but it is a person account and some of your visitors might want to see it. They could go to -
How I wish my own Father could have lived long enough to witness the interest and appetite to understand what has happened, and the access to knowledge provided by the "net". Again thank you. Anne Wheeler
I am trying to find out as much information about my grandfather as is possible Stanley William Francis, served in the royal artillery, captured in Singapore then taken to Japan on a hell boat, where he was in Japan I've know idea, after liberation went to Canada for r&r then went on to America to take back some ashes of American soldiers who didn't make it home.
I perused your internet site recently, and was moved by the many emails and letters sent for WW2 japanes POW's. My late father L/Cpl Frank Richards was a POW in Java (Interned in Thai camp) with the 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion between Apr 1942 & 1945. He died in 1973 from war injuries. Like many ex POW's dad never spoke much of his war years. I am gathering POW information on his history, and would like to contact anyone who knew him. If anyone can help me please respond via my email below. Thank you,
Regards, Alan Richards
Reply: One item on your website asked for info on J B Mahoney from a Debora Thorp of Tasmania ( I think). I have not been able to connect with her email address. I have information on about her relative. You may like to tell readers of my website too.
Ph: (08) 93045248 Fax: (08) 93045324
My great uncle, Joseph Bernard Mahoney (known by family and friends as Bernie) NXZ71952, died in Siam on August 1,1943. He would have been working on the Burma-Siam railway. I am looking for anyone who may have known him or remembers anything about him. He is listed as having died of illness. It seems to be around the time of a cholera outbreak and I'm assuming that is the cause of his death. I can be contacted at email@example.com
Thank you, Deborah Thorp
James C Rushing. A Sargent in the Coast Artillery. Spent most of his time at Hirohota. Also spent time at Santa Thomas, Billibid, Cubanantuan, and Toyoma. He was captured at Corregidor after Bataan fell. He has two diaries that list these names: John B Garrison, Earnst H Lay, Danny W Elliott, Blaine Robinson, Paul H. McDavitt, Erwin Glasnapp, Frank J Orendain, John A Goldovich, Melvin H Iyesteby, Lee W Moore, John H Reed, Henry Merino, Richard L Zender, Foy Pribble, Floyd M Guyer, Leonard Goldsmith, Robert Barnett, Norman
L Sherr, Jack Brooks, Jack Degraw, John M Munn, William J Lee, Lewis M. Copley, Leon M Ellis, Henry M Thomason, Harry M Stahls, Charles P. Samson, L.E. Myer, W. E. Lee, Cecil Rudd, Frankie l Irey, Ellis W. Slater, Bob Epperson, Lee S Garner, Robert J Letourneau, Eillis I Young, Francis Mosher, Ernest L Mosher, Jack W. Davis, Morris C Otto, John M Munn, James E Frost, Elliott J Smelser, Emer Duden, Danny Courtney, Wallis R Marston, Joseph K Goforth, Sheldon G Empol, Frankie Irey, Luther Rapsdale, John W Miller, Leonard H Goldsmith, Frank L Yonan, Jack Degraw, Melvin H Nesteby, Lee W Moore, **John H Read, Henry Merino, Richard Zender, Norman L Sherr(listed in both diaries)**, Walter L Kenicky, Robert E Barnett, Jack Brooks, Lewis M Copley, Henry M Thomason, Harry m Stahls, Charles P Samson, L.E. Meyers, W.M. Lee, Joseph B. Simeroth, Ben B. Raines, James T. Huber, Harald W. Poole, John L. Johnson
The diaries also have address for everyone listed above.
I found some of the above names on a web site that listed those liberated from Hirohota. My Dad's name was not the list. Does anyone know why. My Dad died about five years ago. Despite many promptings, my Dad did not speak about his experience in any detail. Have just started my research. Would appreciate any help.
Ruth Richey, nee Rushing
Sir, my name is Robert McDowell. My father, deceased since 1970 was in the US Navy assigned to a submarine and ended up becoming a Japanese POW. He gave me no information about his time in the service and I am having a difficult time learning anything about him. If you could help it would be appreciated. His name was Basil McDowell born in 1910. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Robert McDowell
MR LARNER PLEASE NOTE!!!
I was alerted to a message on your Japanese POW Camps website from a RON LARNER,who is looking for news about his old friend Harold Churchward. I have tried the link to Ron's e-mail address, but my e-mail to him has bounced back with the explanation that there was no such user at optusnet.com.au Can you help in any way, so that I can get a message to Mr. Larner?
Brian Churchward (in South Wales, UK).
I am searching for Stephen "Popeye" Motzko or relatives of his. He was a POW at Philippines Prison Camp 10-A. He was captured at Corregidor and survived the Bataan Death march. He returned to my Great Grandparent's home in Orofino, Idaho after the war where he had worked for them prior to the war. I have a lot of memorobilia of his I believe. I'd just like to learn more about him since he's part of my family's history. Thanks. Rozalyn
I am in search of my Grandmother's brother, George Thomas Clark born in North Arm Qld. He was a prisoner of war in World war 2. As all her family including herself has now passed away we are in dire search of a photo or any information from anyone who may have been in his battalion.
Name: Sharon Sommerfeld
Address: c/ Toowoomba North State School
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I am sending you this inquiry in an effort to find the missing years of my grandfather. His name was George Rowlands,dob 24/05/11 L/c T/3662444. From his pay book he was a driver in the 142 GTC 5 Corps Tran Col RASC and enlisted 0n 14/11/1940, he did his six weeks training in Sheffield and was then sent overseas. He never spoke of his army life and his subsequent capture in JAVA. I do know that following his capture he went to Changi Prison camp in Singapore and subsequently to KUCHING in Borneo. He died in 1992 of ailments he obtained in captivity and his paybook has only come into my possession recently thus enabling me to send this enquiry to you. Can you assist me or point me in the right direction as to were to obtain help or locate anybody that knew my grandfather during his service. Many thanks and a happy New year.
HOPE YOU CAN HELP ME, I HAD A UNCLE INTERNED AT CHANGAI CAMP HIS NAME IS CHAD SANGSTER, HE CAME HOME ALIVE. BUT DIED NOT LONG AFTER ,I AM TRYING TO FIND OUT AS MUCH AS I CAN ABOUT HIM, AS I HAVE DONE WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS, ON GALLIPOLI, THE PACIFIC WW2.DO YOU KNOW AND WEB SITES THAT I CAN BROWSE ,AND GET ANY INFO I CAN. MY UTMOST RESPECT GOES TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED IN ALL WARS
KIND REGARDS .GORDON TILLYER
I have just recently been made aware that my great uncle served in the south Pacific during World War 2 in the American Armed Forces. I don't believe he was ever a POW. But I do know that his artillery unit was over run by the Japanese and as far as I know, no else survived. He woke up in Pearl Harbor later. That is all I have been told at this point. While I can't, at this point, relate any other specific experiences he had during that time, I do know that he was unable to speak of it to anyone since. I hope to learn more through research. In honour of my late Uncle Junior, I extend my thanks to all Veterans and their families of all countries who fought against the Axis forces in WW2. There can be no words to express the thanks you are owed for your sacrifice.
God bless you all,
On my research trip through the internet I came across the story of your dad and other brave Aussie POWS. I hope many people who have never been THERE will read this story. I was a Jap POW camp child myself, so much of the story was not unfamiliar to me, especially the diseases. This weekend I received a press release from Associated Press through
one of my Canadian contacts about the proceedings in the Appelate Court in Tokyo. The claim for compensation was rejected again, under the pretence of the SFPT 1951 shield, to which the judge added: NO INDIVIDUAL WAR VICTIMS HAVE THE RIGHT TO SUE THE BELIGERENT PARTY FOR WAR DAMAGES COMPENSATION UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW!!! Have you ever heard such brazenly impudent statements from a judge? And what ignorance. Would he never have heard of the various international conventions on the treatment of captivated prisoners (The Hague 1890/1907, Geneva 1929, Geneva 1947).
Anyway, BRAVO to your Government (and the New Zealand, British, Canadian and Norwegian) for paying $ 25.000 to ex POWS and next of kin. We here in Holland are still trying to induce our government to do the same. Eventually, we will have to sue them for the preposterous situation of refusing to compensate the Dutch nationals who suffered in the Jap camps whereas they did to the Jewish and Gipsy nationals.
Contrary to the Nazi concentration camps the situation in the Jap concentration camps in Asia has still not been recognized. We probably did a bad PR job, contrary to the global Jewish organizations. I shall email the story of your dad to our minister of social affairs.
With kind regards,
Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Member Support Group of www.svjappenkamp.nlo
I would appreciate it if anyone who remembers Frederick Thomas Allman could contact me. He was an English serviceman from the Royal Artillery. He was captured in Singapore and like so many others was held in Changi Jail and then worked on the Burma railway. This is all I Know.
Do you have any information regarding the Japanese POW camps named, or at, Imari or Shinagawa? Do you know anyone released from either of those camps? I'm looking for any Americans who were released from either of those two camps and rescued by the hospital ship, USS Benevolence.
My father is an ex-pow and is still alive-NX51299 Pte. James Joseph and still lives in Mudgee in NSW were he has 3 Children and 7 Grandchildren. My father never talks about the war days much, but my son occasionally asks him what kind of a shocking event the war was and he gladly answers his question in a short way. His best mate-NX40792 J.W Teece was killed in his arms and he said that was the worst part of his war days. My father gladly will answer any questions that anyone may have and it would be good to hear from some other people. So if you would like my father to answer your questions regularly please email myself or my son Brett on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will assist you in the best possible way, Warm Regards,
My father, Capt. George Brian Ferguson, 2/26th AIF was in Changi and I have just begun finding out about his years there. Does anyone else from 2/26th have contact here? Dad passed away in 1973 - he was only 59 years old but those years took their toll on him. Hope someone has some information on the 2/26th please?
I was reading your web site and came across a Michele Canis requesting information re a John O'Brien who worked with the elephants on the Burma Rail road. My father Ralph Bragg (Bun or Bunny) was a rubber planter in Malaya when the Japs arrived and was captured. He went on to work with the elephants on the rail road. Dad survived and returned to work in Malaysia for another 20 years.
I am unable to contact Michele Canis to provide this information and thought you might have an email address
ATTENTION MICHELE - YOU HAVE A REPLY ABOVE
After reading about the best selling books recently published on other P.O.W.camps in WWII, I was curious to read about the camp my grandfather was in. All I know is that he worked with elephants building the Burma Rail Road. Were there American P.O.W.'s in the same camp with the Australian soldiers? Does anyone know of stories having to do with the elephants that were used? My grandfathers name was John O'Brien. He was a very proud Irishman. He did not recount many of the horrible things he went through. I don't think anyone could have comprehended. If anyone has any information about the elephants, I would appreciate learning about them and the men that were there.
Thank you and God Bless,
I am looking for an old friend Harold Churchward. He came from Lota Brisbane and was on the Burma Railway.
Thanks heaps Ron Larner
I am interested in info on Gull Force, in particular info on: 2/21 Inf Bt
Private F.N. Schaefer
Executed/murdered Ambon island as example for others round 30/04/1945
I am researching info of the Pvt F.N. Schaefer VX 19415, beheaded as example for others, whilst being held as POW on the Island of Amborn on behalf of a close friend. execution occurred 2 months before the end of hostilities. Would like to find out what happened to his captors, I truly hope that met a long, violent end.
My father was a POW in Changi (I hope that is spelt right) POW camp in Burma he finds it very difficult to talk about I am trying to find out all I can about his 3 yrs there I hope you can shed some light on this subject. He suffered many beatings by the Japanese guards at that time and it is a sad part of his life he wants to forget. But I on the other need to know what it was really like to help me understand the turmoil he has suffered he is now 86 his name is William McDowell Wally to his friends
HOPE YOU CAN ASSIST
I have just completed a 3 year project in honour of my Dad, Major Maurice A. Parker of the Royal Rifles of Canada who engaged the Japanese in Hong Kong. If you have the time you may want to check out Dad's site at www.geocities.com/rcwpca
All the best, Ron Parker
Hi my name is Tony Leishman and I am trying to put a CD together of Australians at war from WW1 to the end of WW2. I have had a lot of trouble finding Photos for it. My main interest is New Guinea as my grandfather was in the 2nd 14th. He was on the Kakoda track if you can help me with maps stores or Photos I will be grateful. I will be covering all the services on the CD ARMY NAVY and AIRFORCE so any help will be great if you are going to replay to my email as of the 1st of March my email address will email@example.com
Thank you for your time, Tony Leishman
Hello, I enjoyed your website very much. A tremendous piece of documentation. I understand your site is documenting Australian POW's, but I wanted to post the question for anyone who was on, or may have a relative that was on the USS Pope (DD225) destroyer that was sunk March 1, 1942 in the Java Sea. The crew was approx 151, and of those, according to documentation, all returned from Japanese POW camps but about 27. My mother's husband was one who died in the camps, one month prior to liberation in 1945. I have been collecting all I can find on the battle of the Java Sea, leading up to the sinking of the Pope, the last Allied US ship of the Asiatic Fleet to be sunk. I am hoping to write to any surviving crew of the Pope. Their POW camp was one not known to the US government until after the war was over. So I hope to document that information, too. Thank you, S. Lawson
Is there a F.E.P.O.W. who may have known Denis Lalor 2nd battalion loyal regiment Singapore fortress 1942. He was a POW at Changi, Keigo, and Konan. He sailed on prison ship Fuki Maru to Korea. He is now 79 years old I would be interested in contacting you about POW years. I am trying to contact any living relatives in Wales maybe Swansea or Cardiff of a gunner Miller, army no: 1602488 of 77th AcAc Heavy Royal Artillery died as Japanese POW WWII. There is an item of personal property to return to his family of sentimental value. Please contact Eileen.