Reginald Arthur Hughes
1920/02/16 - Born Griffithstown, South Wales
Son of John Thomas and Edith Maria Hughes
1940/07/31 - Enlisted
Royal Air Force
1941/11/12 - Sailed troop ship ‘Orange’ .
Via Freetown, Durban and the Red Sea to Port Tewfik.
Then onto Columbo, Ceylon then Oosthaven, Sumatra as Singapore had already fallen.
He moved onto to Batavia, Java.
1942/03/08 - Captured by the Japanese at Tasik Malaja, Java.
Djawa Camp, Java
PoW No. 1014
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1943/04/22 - Transported from Surabaya to Haruku
New PoW No. 16682
Worked on a runway using coral as hardcore. His eyes were affected by vitamin deficiency and light reflected from the coral.
Reginald was lucky in missing the Suez Maru draft which was sunk by the USS Bonefish with the loss of all PoWs, those who survived the sinking were shot in the water by the Japanese.
Transported back to Java via Ambon
New PoW No. 462
1945/09/02 - Liberated Batavia, Java
Repatriated aboard S.S. Celicia
1945/10/29 - Arrived Liverpool
Diagnosed with nutritional optic neuropathy
31st March 1998
KEW:- WO 361/2010, WO 345/26, WO 361/1945, WO 361/2008, WO 392/24