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Derek Jan Helder

Some KEW records name him as

 Derk Jan Henriech Helder


1917/12/22 - Born Sentpoort, Amsterdam, Holland

(Birth could be 1919/12/22)

Son of Sidney and Lilian

Occupation Automatic Setter

1936/11/21 - Enlisted

East Surrey Regiment

2nd Battalion

British Battalion



The 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment and 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment were amalgamated to form the British Battalion during World War II. The two battalions suffered heavy losses in North Malaya after the Japanese attack in December 1941 and were amalgamated on 20th December 1941 as the British Battalion under the command of Lieut. Col. C.E. Morrison, D.S.O., M.C., of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment. They fought as such till Malaya and Singapore fell to the Japanese on the 15th February 1942.


Reports to Next of Kin

1942 - WO 417/40, Casualty Reported Missing, Malaya

1942 - WO 417/43, Correction Wounded or Missing

1943 - WO 417/65, Previously reported missing, now reported PoW, Malaya

1945 - WO 417/98, Previously reported PoW, now not a PoW, Malaya


Japanese PoW

1042/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. M 484

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/10/25 - Transported overland to Thailand in ‘X’ Letter Party

17th train from Singapore to Thailand

Under Lt-Col. Morrison, 1st Leicesters

1942/11/01 - Reached Bam Pong

New PoW No. 2820

Various Camps in Thailand

Under Sergeant Wright

New PoW No. II 8393

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand


Post War


1946 - Married Joyce I Castle in Surrey, North Eastern

1962 - Married Joyce H Gray, Surrey North Western



2001, West Surrey


KEW:- WO 345/24, WO 392/24, WO 361/2167, WO 361/2167, WO 361/2060, WO 361/2069, WO 361/2172, WO 361/2196, WO 361/1955,


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