1919/12/08 - Born Boston, Lincolnshire
Son to George and Ethel Butler
1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong
1941/12/25 - Became a Japanese PoW
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/0927 - Transported from Hong Kong in Lisbon Maru for Shanghai with 1816 prisoners on board.
1942/10/01 - Lisbon Maru was Torpedoed by USS Grouper, 6 miles from Tung Fusham Island, off the China coast, 29°57'N, 122°56'N.
Map supplied by Geoff Coxon
Harry survived by swimming to an island, was picked up and landed at Woosung not far from Shanghai. Encircled by machine-gun crews the survivors dared not talk to one another at the risk of getting a beating.
Transported in Shinsei Maru to Japan
1942/10/10 - Arrived Moji, Japan
Taken to Osaka No. 1 Camp
Liberated at Osaka 9B Notogawa-Machi, Japan
1945/09/02 - Liberated
1945/09/10 - Released for repatriation
James McHarg Miller
Tony Banham’s book ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’
KEW:- WO 392/23, WO 345/8, CO 980/138, WO 361/1963,