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
Asked for information on Asghar Ali by his son but could not find any information within FindMyPast.
Started a page within the Roll of Honour in the hope of adding more later, Asked Tony Banham if he has anything on him as he was Hong Kong Singapore Royal Artillery :-
Added a link to Walter Pollock’s diary at the bottom of his page as asked for by John:-
Added photo and information sent to me by Tess Deveney, Richard’s granddaughter, to the Java Index database ‘C’ section and then updated web pages which run from that database.
Page added to Role of Honour, ‘Site Memorial’ section for Miranda Pointer, as a request for the name of the ship William sailed home in:-
Convoy William Sail 12X
Royal Norfolks in the Far East
FindMyPast, KEW:- WO 367/2, WO 345/10, WO 361/1946, WO 392/23, WO 361/2229, WO 361/2058
Added photo Schertz-Joseph-William-1.jpg, and updated name in Java Index, also death date and PoW No.s. from FindMyPast search:-
Started my blog as a record of my activities in FEPOW research.
Added some previous work, but not all as it took a long time to set up.
Having put together a page on Jack Prior, for Nick Francis, I read parts of ‘Prisoner Doctor’ by Richard Philips who was a Medical Officer on Java, also Haruku Island and Ambon Island as the book was in my FEPOW Book Library. Many things then slipped into place regarding entries I have put into the Java Index concerning the Maros Maru. The frightening figures of 372 deaths on board made me look back in my databases and found a roll of the names I made in 2011. I made notes at the time that the ship was carrying PoWs back from Ambon to Java. The figures suggest that the ship was sunk, then on reading Philip’s book I realised that the ship was at sea for 60 days and the PoWs died from disease. I have decided to compile a complete list of those 372 who died into the Hell Ships section of the Roll of Honour. It is, in a round about way, connected with the Java Index as they all were originally transported from Java and the names will be added to the Java Index when I have completed the roll. Most of those who died were Royal Air Force personnel except the Netherland PoWs. I will include an article on the transportation from Java to Haruku Island then Ambon Island and then the voyage back to Java in the Maros Maru. I will let you know when it is within the Roll of Honour pages.