John Allen Brereton
1913/03/15 - Born Bishops Castle, Shropshire
Son of Leonard John and Beatrice Allen Brereton
Married Mary Barbara Elizabeth Spencer
John’s Occupation Public Works Contractors General Labourer
Royal Corps of Signals
28 Wing Sec.
1942/03/08 - Captured Java
PoW No. J-3391
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
John was included on Japanese list to be transported from Batavia to Japan
1944/05/19 - Transported from Java to Singapore in Kiska Maru with Java Party 20
Total party of 800 PoWs
1944/05/21 - Arrived Singapore
Japan Party 1 was formed in convoy HO-02 consisting of twelve ships including four escorts. It was also known as the Bauxite Convoy.
Four of the cargo ships carried PoWs:-
Miyo Maru (800 Pows from Java Party 20)
Hozan Maru (451 PoWs also carried bauxite)
Hiyoki Maru (450 PoWs also carried bauxite)
Kokusei Maru (456 PoWs holds contained bauxite)
1944/06/03 - HO-02 sailed from Singapore to Japan via Philippines
Japan Party 20 were in the Miyo Maru
1944/06/06 - 160 miles E.S.E of Cape St. Jacques, Indo-China, USS Raton (SS-270) attacked the convoy. At 2225 hours an escort was sunk and USS Raton received damage.
1944/ 06/11 - Arrived Manila, the Tamahoko Maru loaded 7,500 tons of copper ore into her holds and joined the convoy
1944/06/14 - Sailed from Manila in a convoy of six ships
1944/06/15 - The convoy ran into a typhoon which caused damage to the Miyo Maru
1944/06/18 - Reached Takao, Taiwan.
PoW’s from the Miyo Maru were transferred from the Miyo Maru into two holds in the Tamahoko Maru
1944/06/20 - HO-02 convoy sailed out of Takao, Taiwan, accompanied by escorts.
1944/06/21 - Stopped over at Keeling, the convoy then headed for Japan.
1944/06/24 - Three US submarines, Tang, Tinosa, and Shark II attacked the convoy off the Japanese coast, 40 miles S.W. of Nagasaki. The Tamahoko Maru was hit and sank with the loss of 560 POWs out of the 772 PoWs on board.
Japanese Death Report
Lost at sea when Tamahoko Maru sunk off Nagasaki
Son of Leonard John. and Alice Brereton
Husband of Mary Barbara Elizabeth Brereton, of Church Eaton, Staffordshire
Johns Wife Mary Barbara Elizabeth remarried
KEW:- WO 361/1742, WO 361/1742, WO 361/2057, WO 345/6, WO 361/2008, WO 361/1222, WO 392/23, WO 361/1623, WO 361/2018, WO 361/1530, WO 361/2220, WO 361/1993,