To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Gunner

James Albert Atkins

Known as ‘Tommy’

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1918/10/13 - Born Tipton, Staffordshire

Occupation Printer

Royal Artillery

148th Field Regt R.A.

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. 2659

Japanese Index Card -  Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1942/10/28 - Transported from Tanjong Rhu, Singapore to Taiwan

The PoWs were tested for dysentery and disinfected before departure by going stripping and going through a trough of hot water with disinfectant

The PoWs were herded into the holds below the waterline. The entrance and exit to these holds was by a vertical ladder.

During the day the PoWs were allowed on deck for 15 minutes only, the rest of the day they spent in the stinking holds of the ship with dysentery a major concern. Below decks buckets were the toilets and were emptied via a rope attached, spillage meant the floor of the hold was slippery and very smelly. In the 15 minutes allowed on deck a box arrangement suspended over the side of the ship, with a hole in  the bottom was a more frightening toilet. The South China Sea was rough and this did not help with sea sickness and more and more men going down with Dysentery. There were deaths on board the ship, numbers unknown, all buried at sea.

1942/11/17 - Arrive Taiwan

New PoW No. F.243

1945/02/27 - Transported ‘Taiko Maru’ to Japan

1945/03/10 - Arrived Japan transported to Fukuoka 24B - Emukae

1945/09/02 - Liberated

 

Information

Arthur Titherington’s Book - ‘One day At A Time’

KEW:- WO 345/2, WO 361/1254, WO 392/23, WO 361/1968, WO 361/2058, WO 361/2184, WO 361/2160, WO 361/1475

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