To honour those who served their country

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Private

Albert Ashcroft

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1919/10/24 - Born Bolton, Lancashire

Son of Thomas and Fanny Ashcroft

Occupation Warehouse Storeman

1940/08/01 - Enlisted

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

14 Sec. Command Troops

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Japanese Index Card - Side one

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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Date

Camp

Commander

1942/02/15

Changi, Singapore

Col. E.B. Holmes, MC

 

PoW No. I 1094

 

1942/06/15

Coldecott Estate, Singapore

Col. E.B. Holmes, MC

 

New PoW No. 1407

 

1942/08/26

Changi, Singapore

Col. E.B. Holmes, MC

1945/07/03

No. 12 Working Camp, Singapore

Maj. H.M. Ford, MC

1945/08/26

Changi, Singapore

Col. E.B. Holmes, MC

 

1945/09/02 - Liberated Changi, Singapore

 

Bolton Journal and Guardian

12th October 1945

Ashcroft-Albert-04At Liverpool

Within two minutes of arrival at Army the transit camp at Huyton, near Liverpool, on Monday afternoon, I located Pte. Albert Ashcroft, RAOC., Leslie St., Bolton, writes a “Journal and Guardian” representative who witnessed the memorable disembarkation of the 650 Service personnel from the New Zealand motor ship ‘Monowai’.

Pte. Ascroft was the centre of a happy group of ex-Japanese prisoners having an ample tea, and his companions soon informed me that Joe Isherwood of Tonge Moor, and George Holt, of Holliwell were in the same “mob”. It was impossible to locate them in the time available , but at another table was Sig. John Cocker, also of Bolton - he preferred not to give his address as did several other men with local associations. Later however Pte. Ashcroft talked a little. He said he spent practically the whole of his captivity in working parties in Singapore from February 1942 and “it was pretty rough in spots. The only thing the Japanese gave us was plenty of sunshine”.

But the lads from Bolton and district showed a wonderful sprit, and it was a great day when the Navy arrived and the liberated prisoners got the “Bolton Evening News” and “Bolton Journal and Guardian” at Changi Gaol. They all crowded round in their eagerness to get a glimpse of home-town news and particularly of the football results.

Pte. Ashcroft was anxious that relatives of James Sanders, Pimlott Rd: Joseph Moulden, Breightmet Drive, and David Platt of Fanworth, should know that they are all in good health and will be home.

 

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Mark Ashcroft

KEW:- WO 367/2, WO 392/23, WO 345/2, WO 361/1946, WO 361/2229, WO 361/2181, WO 361/2058,

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