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Kenneth William Johnston

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1920/02/01 - Born Northumberland

Son of John and Mary Johnston

Occupation Ironmonger

Royal Northumberland Fusiliers

9th Battalion

 

Service

The 9th Battalion, Royal Northumberland Fusiliers were formed in 1939 as an offshoot of the 7th Battalion. In August of that wear they were amalgamated into the 18th Division and transported to Norfolk, defending the coast between Wells-on-Sea and Great Yarmouth.

 In January 1941 they moved to the Scottish Boarders for training with their HQ at Bowhill House.

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1941/10/30 - Equipped for Middle East the 9th Royal Northumberland Fusiliers left Liverpool in the Warwick Castle, Convoy CT.5.

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1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax and after much debate amongst the troop at Halifax the 9th Battalion eventually boarded the USS. Orizaba, which was not a luxurious ship.

1941/11/10 - The 18th Division left Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X and was escorted by the US Navy.

Convoy William Sail 12x

Convoy Willam Sail 12X

(USS Ranger was flying on antisubmarine patrol for the convoy)

The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo, arriving at Trinidad on 17th November in glorious sunshine so our tropical kit came out, but unfortunately no shore-leave, the convoy left after two days of taking on supplies. On 24th the equator was crossed and there was a crossing the line ceremony.

1941/12/02 - USS Orizaba was refuelled at sea

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.

1941/12/13 - 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 and the troops disembarked for training.

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1942/01/17 - Embarked  Felix Rousell and the convoy sailed the next day with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Japan had entered the war by attacking Malaya on 8th December 1941, destination was the far East. The Prince of Wales and the Repulse had both been sunk by the Japanese off Malaya. 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 Jap Planes, there was no damage

1942/01/29 - The Convoy reached the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore on the 29th January 1942. 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 to the Japanese

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. 6175

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1942/11/03 - Transported overland to Thailand in Letter Party ‘O’

26th Train from Singapore to Thailand with 650 PoWs

Commander Lt-Col. F.I.N. Mc Ostrich, R.S.O.S., 18th Division

New PoW No. 1165

Transported back to Singapore

1944/07/04 - Transported to Japan in Hakushika Maru with Japan Party 2

(300 British and 300 Dutch)

1944/07/08 - Miri, Borneo

1944/07/10 - Departed Miri, Borneo

1944/07/16 - Manila, Philippines

1944/07/23 - Departed Manila, Philippines

1944/07/27 - Takao, Taiwan

1944/07/30 - Departed Takao, Taiwan

1944/07/30 - Keelung, Taiwan

1944/08/04 - Departed Keelung, Taiwan

1944/08/09 - Convoy was attacked by the submarine ‘Barbel’, although some escorts were sunk the Hakushika Maru was not Damaged

1944/08/10 - Arrived Moji, Nagasaki, Japan

1944//08/11 - Arrived Osaka 17-B Branch Camp

New PoW No. 1691

1945/04/06 - Camp name changed to Nagoya 5B - Yokkaichi

1945/09/20 - Liberated Nagoya 5B - Yokkaichi, Japan

 

Information

Dianne Williams

Japanese Transports

Roger Mansell - Nagoya 5B - Yokkaichi

KEW:- WO 392/24, WO 345/39, WO 361/1985, WO 361/2177, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2061

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