Now over half way with compiling information for the Maros Maru.
The ages of those who died is terrible, many not having the chance to live an adult life. All those dreams of things to do in years to come, fading then disappearing with their last breath, very sad.
Will have to read ‘Prisoner Doctor’ again by Richard Philips. It must of been terrible for him, doing his best to treat the sick but seeing death all around him.
Added Henry Ramsey to Roll of Honour.
Royal Inniskillings Fusilliers:-
Added a page with the Roll of Honour for James McCormick, Royal Corps of Signals.
In the Site Memorial section
KEW:- WO 367/3, WO 392/25, WO 345/33, WO 361/1947, WO 361/2062, WO 361/2190
Added a page in the Roll of Honour ‘Site Memorial’ section for William Patterson.
KEW:- WO 367/3, WO 392/25, WO 345/40, WO 345/40, WO 361/2063, WO 361/2229,
Carried on compiling those who died in Maros Maru using KEW Document WO 361/1734 and Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site as the Kew list only has surname, initials and date of death, the Netherland entries are being search for in FindMyPast. Compiling within a spreadsheet.
After three days work I am just about a third of the way through it but it will be more detailed when completed. Then I will convert my spreadsheet into a database and after designing the site will use Netfusion to write the web pages. All the 372 deaths will have a page within the Roll of Honour in the Hell Ship section.
Files uploaded to OneDrive:-
Added New Files
3rd Indian Corps of Signals
WO 361/1585 Far East: Singapore and Thailand; 3rd Indian Corps of Signals; nominal roll
(Avril – William is mentioned in this roll as going to Blakang Mati)
WO 361/2192 Prisoners of war, Far East: British military personnel reported missing at the fall of Singapore; M-Z.
(Lists personnel and boats which tried escaping Singapore)
Added information supplied by Tony Banham:-
Unfortunately we have not yet been able to find any official nominal rolls of the HKSRA POWs in Hong Kong. However, I can confirm that your late father is listed in Appendix 7 of Charles Barman’s book ‘Resist to the End’ in the list entitled ‘Nominal Roll of Indian Prisoners of 1st HKSRA Regiment at North Point Camp as of 21 March 1942’. Barman was a Battery Quarter Master Sergeant in the regiment.
To page in Roll of Honour:-
Tony Banham, author of ‘Not the Slightest Chance – Defense of Hong Kong’
For Avril Anderson (FEPOW Family Member):-
Added more information to William’s page plus Japanese Index Card.
Notes at bottom of page on possible KEW documents where more PoWs at Blakang Mati might be found.
(On searching I came across the roll for Saigon (Camp 8) which I had already downloaded and put onto the OneDrive documents – contains my father)
KEW:- WO 361/1947, WO 345/36, WO 392/25, *WO 367/3, **WO 361/1585, WO 361/2062
* Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Roll could find more names at Blakang Mati, contains William
** 3rd Indian Corps of Signals; nominal roll, contains William
My blood level sometimes runs high and I received an email today which did just that. How am I supposed to know someone receives an MBE later in life ?
No thank you for writing the pages in my own time, he got a short, sharp reply for telling me to ‘rectify my mistake’.
Added a page for George Clifford Alden into the Roll of Honour, ‘Site Memorial’ section. For Jan Turner, a school friend, we never knew our dads were together on the Thailand-Burma Railway, as our dads never talked about it, we didn’t either.
Convoy William Sail 12X
Royal Norfolk’s in the Far East
FindMyPast KEW Records:- WO 361/2167, WO 361/435, WO 361/2176, WO 392/23, WO 361/2172, WO 345/22, WO 361/1954, WO 361/1979, WO 361/2196