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Leonard Robinson

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1915/04/07 - Born London

Middlesex Regiment

Ist Battalion

 

Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

Japanese Index Card Side - One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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Leonard is listed in ‘C’ draft, the third draft from Hong Kong.

1943/01/11 - Japanese show draft. This draft was made up of 664 Canadians, 430 British and 82 HKVDC. PoWs in draft segregated and made to undergo various medical checks including the rectal rod.  Five days before departure the PoWs were vaccinated, examined and then an enforced isolation from the rest of the camp.

1943/01/15 - Another medical inspection took place.

1943/01/16 - Further vaccinations which caused fever symptoms.

Tatsuta Maru-2

1943/01/19 -  Transport Draft - XD3A/XD3B. Left Shamsuipo Camp, 0500 hrs; left Hong Kong 1300hrs.  in the Tatsuta Maru, 1176 PoWs.

In command Surgeon Commander Page, RN

This was also the first draft that included Canadians, with one officer only accompanying them.

1943/01/22 - Arrived Nagasaki, Japan.

 

Canadians Transported to:-

  Fukuoka #5B (Omine Coal Mine, Kawasaki-machi)

Tokyo #3D (Tsurumi Shipyard) (Kawasaki 3D)

British Transported to:-

Osaka #4D (Sakurajima)

Osaka #6D (Amagasaki)

HKVDC Transported to:-

Hiroshima #5B (Innoshima)

 

Leonard was transported to Osaka 4-B, Sakurajima Camp

1943/02/18 - Renamed Osaka 8-B

Ship fitters and labourers, Osaka Iron Works.

POWs helped build ships and manufacture machines.

1943/10/01 - Renamed 4-D

1945/05/17 - Camp destroyed in air raid

1945/05/17 - Transported to Osaka 21-B, Akenobe Camp in mountains.

1945/08 - Renamed Osaka 6-B

Mitsubishi Copper Mine named "Three Star Diamond Mine"

1945/09/02 -Liberated

Transported through Hiroshima on the way home

 Boarded a ship to western Canada.

Rail to the east of the country then onto a ship home.

Implacable

HMS Implacable docking at Vancouver, Canada with British PoWs

(photo found in Leonard’s possessions after he died)

 

Died

1980 from cancer

 

Information

Jean Burgum

Tony Banham

Roger Mansell

Long Night’s Journey into Day

Hong Kong

KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/44, WO 361/1780, WO 361/1964, WO 361/1963

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