James Francis Guy Hume
1914/11/05 - Born Edmonton, Middlesex
Son of James Orr and Pleasance Sarah Hume
Occupation Book Binder
1941/10/30 - Left Britain in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool to Halifax
Final Destination Unknown
1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax
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
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
5th November 1989
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,