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Thomas William Crisp

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1921/08/26 - Born Ipswich, Suffolk

Son of William and Pheobe

Occupation Lorry Driver

1939/06/26 - Enlisted

Suffolk Regiment

4th Battalion

18th Division

 

Service

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Tropical kit was issued and orders were to proceed to Liverpool.

Andes

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1941/10/30 - The 4th Battalion was then made ready to embark on the Andes in Convoy CT.5, destination unknown.

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USS Wakefield

Arriving at Halifax 8th November the men were then moved across to the transport ship tied along side, the 27,000 ton Wakefield.

On November 10th the voyage continued with six American troopships, two cruisers, eight destroyers and the aircraft carrier Ranger,  the Convoy William Sail 12X  was under way, destination still unknown.

The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo, arriving at Trinidad on 17th November in glorious sunshine so our tropical kit came out, but unfortunately no shore-leave, we left after two days of taking on supplies. On 24th we crossed the equator, there was a crossing the line ceremony.

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa. By this time the Americans were in the war as the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour and attacked Malaya and the rumours were that they were heading for the Far East and not the Middle East as first thought.

On December 13th the convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay. After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached December 27th 1941.

Embarked on 17th January back onto the Wakefield. The convoy sailed the next day with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Japan had entered the war by attacking Malaya on 8th December 1941, destination was the far East. The Prince of Wales and the Repulse had both been sunk by the Japanese off Malaya. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Sumatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Jap Planes, there was no damage, the Wakefield was the first of our convoy to reach the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore on the 29th January 1942. Ships were ablaze in the harbour, clouds of smoke drifted across the sky and the smell of fumes was overpowering, this was not the best of greetings. The Japanese had taken most of Malaya in the last three weeks and were only thirty miles away from Singapore.

1942/02/15 - Singapore Surrendered

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. 2291

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1942/10/25

Transported overland to Thailand in ‘X’ Letter Party

Lt-Col C.E. Morrison, 1st Leicesters

 

17th Train from Singapore to Thailand

 

 

PoW No. IV 4075

 

1942/11/03

Tonchan, Thailand

Major Jackson

Early 1943

Tarsao South, Thailand

Major Jackson

1943/05/28

Tarsao, Thailand

Col. Knights

1943/07/09

Tha Makhan, Thailand

Col. Toosey

1943/11/11

Chungkai, Thailand

Col. Awtran

1944/05/27

Tha Muang, Thailand

Col;. Knights

 

New PoW No. 5194

 

1944/10/15

Tymonta, Thailand

Major Parsons

1945/07/

Benkassie, Thailand

 

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand

 

Information

Michael Crisp

My Home Town

Thailand-Burma Railway

KEW:- WO 361/2172, WO 345/13, WO 361/1979, WO 361/1954, WO 392/23, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2058, WO 361/2176,

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