To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”



Lance Sergeant

James Francis Guy Hume


1914/11/05 - Born Edmonton, Middlesex

Son of James Orr and Pleasance Sarah Hume

Occupation Book Binder

Cambridgeshire Regiment

1st Battalion




1941/10/30 - Left Britain in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool to Halifax

Final Destination Unknown

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax

USS West Point-3

1941/11/10 - Transferred to USS West Point and departed Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X

Convoy William Sail 12X 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.

1941/11/17 - Arrived at Trinidad in glorious sunshine so troops changed to tropical kit, but no shore-leave, left Trinidad after two days of taking on supplies.

1941/11/24 -  The equator was crossed, 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.

1941/12/08 - Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and Malaya

1941/12/13 - The convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay.

1941/12/27 - After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached.

1942/01/18 - The convoy sailed with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Destination was the far East. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Samatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Japanese Planes, there was no damage.

1942/01/29 - The convoy reached the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore.  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. M 5598

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/11/02 - Transported to  overland to Thailand in Letter Party ‘P’

25th train from Singapore to Thailand

New PoW No.  II 4344

Commander Lt-Col. H.A. Fitt, 18 Bn. Recce Corps

1944/06 - Transported back to Singapore

1944/09/02 - Transported to Japan in Japan Party 3, ship unknown

Transported to Osaka and slaved at Amagasaki, Japan

1945/06/01 - Moved to Hiroshima 3B Camp - Tamano Shi, Okayana Ken

New PoW No. II 42417

Worked Hibi refinery, Mitsui Mining Co.. Shipyard repairs and stevedore work

1945/09/02 - Liberated Hiroshima 3B



Age 75

5th November 1989



Emma Hume

Japanese Transports

KEW:- WO 345/27, WO 361/2005, WO 361/1982, WO 361/1960, WO 361/1977, WO 392/24, WO 361/2060,  WO 361/2177, WO 361/1963,


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