To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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George Henry Reynolds

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1918/07/21 - Born Wolverhampton but moved to Newport as a lad

Son of George and Winefred Reynolds

 1937/04/08 - Enlisted

Royal Artillery

5th Field Regiment

11 Indian Division

 

Service

1941/10/22 - George sailed with the 5th Field Regiment to the Far East

Being part of the 11th Indian Division they fought in the defence of the Malay Peninsular and Singapore.

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. M 7333

Changi village then Changi Prison camp and later to Birdwood camp, working with a variety of working parties for nine months

Japanese Index card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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 1942/10/20 - Transported to Taiwan in England Maru with 1000 PoWs

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New PoW No. I 1098

1942/11/14 - Disembarking  Keelung and transported by train to Taihoku, the capital of Taiwan. The PoWs were marched through the streets in front of a large civilian crowd.

Taihoku (Camp 6)

Work included building a memorial park and a man-made lake

George woked for eight months building a marina

1943 - Moved to Kinkaseki (Camp 1)

Worked in copper mine

1945/03 - Mine was closed

1945/06  - Moved to Shirakawa (Camp 4A)

Contracted typhoid from contaminated rice, his weight dropped to under six stone.

Liberated Shirakawa, Taiwan

Sailed on U.S.S. Santee to the Philippines, from there he was flown back to Britain.

 

Post War

Here are some photos the taken by ‘Never Forgotten’ Taiwan Story on George’s  return trip back to Taiwan, including photos with his safety helmet for re-entering the copper mine at Kinkaseki he was made to slave in.

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Kinkaseki Mine

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Celebrating his 100th birthday July 21st 2018

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George meets the Queen

Information

John Moses

Taiwan Story of the Camps

Photos on Taiwan Trip supplied by Mike Heather

KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/43, WO 361/1968, WO 361/1536,

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