To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Aircraftman

Reginald Arthur Hughes

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1920/02/16 - Born Griffithstown, South Wales

Son of John Thomas and Edith Maria Hughes

1940/07/31 - Enlisted

Royal Air Force

211 Squadron

 

Service

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.

 

Japanese PoW

Djawa Camp, Java

PoW No. 1014

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1943/04/22 - Transported from Surabaya to Haruku

New PoW No. 16682

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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

 

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Repatriated aboard S.S. Celicia

1945/10/29 - Arrived Liverpool

 

Post War

Diagnosed with nutritional optic neuropathy

 

Died

31st March 1998

Information

John Moses

http://www.britain-at-war.org.uk/WW2/Haruku/index.htm

KEW:-  WO 361/2010, WO 345/26, WO 361/1945, WO 361/2008, WO 392/24

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