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Private

Joseph Kenneth Farlam

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1920/12/29 - Born Buxton, Derbyshire

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Ann Farlam

Occupation Chemist

1939/07/17 - Enlisted

The Sherwood Foresters

1/5th Regiment

18th Division

 

Service

orcades

1941/10/30 - Sailed in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool  with the 18th Division

USS West Point-2

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax and transferred to USS West Point with 55th Infantry Brigade, consisting of 1st Cambridgeshires and 5th Beds and Herts (3250 troops).

 1941/11/10 - They sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X. Sailing via Trinidad and Cape Town.

1941/12/08 - Japan entered the war by attacking Pearl Harbour and Malaya.

1941/12/25 -  Mount Vernon left convoy with the 53rd Infantry Brigade, sailing for Singapore in convoy DM1

1941/12/27 - Arrived Bombay, now became Task Force 14.2

1942/01/02 - Sailed from India destination Singapore in Task Force 14.2

1942/01/29 - Arrived Keppel Harbour Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore Surrendered to the Japanese

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Became a PoW

PoW No. 609

Japanese Index Card - Side One

Farlam-Joseph-Kenneth-01

Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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Date

Camp

Commander

1942/02/15

Changi

Col. Lilley

1942/11/01

Transported to Thailand,

Lt-Col. D.R. Thomas

    Letter Party ‘Q’, 24th Train from Singapore, 650 PoWs, Group 4.

    Arrived in Ban Pong and were marched to Tha Sao via Lat Ya and Tha Dan, arriving November 11th.

 

 

 

Date

Camp

Commander

1942/11/10

Thailand-Burma Railway

Col. Knight

    At Tha Sao they were formed into IJA 'L' (6) Bn and worked clearing the jungle between the hills North Wang Pho and Tha Sao (source Ken Porters book 'Once I build a Railroad'), although some worked only on the service road (Source Phillip Meminsky IWM).

 

 

 

Date

Camp

Commander

1944/07/04

Transported from Singapore to Japan

Capt. D.H. Thornton

    He is listed on the roster  as 5088. Sailed to Japan in the Hakushika Maru. This was a Group 4 party of 253 that sailed  with Captain Thornton.

    Japan Party 2 consisted of - Asaka Maru, Hakushika Maru, Hofuku Maru, Rashin Maru and Sekiho Maru.

 

 

 

1944/07/16

Arrived Manila, Philippines

 

    The Hofuku Maru in the convoy being sunk. Here the ship waited for a new convoy.

 

 

 

1944/07/23

Sailed to Taiwan

 

    Stayed close to coast via Takao in the south and Keelung in the north.

 

 

 

1944/08/09

 

 

    Convoy attacked by the submarine ‘Barbel’ although some escorts were sunk, the Hakushika Maru carried on to Japan.

 

 

 

1944/08/10

Arrived Kagoshima near Nagasaki, Japan

 

 

 

 

Date

Camp

Commander

1944/08/13

Arrived Tokyo 4-D Camp

 

1945/04/14

Renamed Sendai 1B Camp - Yumoto (Iwaki)

 

 

1945/09/09 - Liberated Sendai 1B

 

Information

Keith Andrews

Martyn Fryer

Convoy William Sail 12X

Sendai IB

KEW:- WO 361/1970, WO 345/17, WO 361/2169, WO 361/1987, WO 361/1558, WO 392/24,

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