1915/04/07 - Born London
1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong
Japanese Index Card Side - One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
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.
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"
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.
HMS Implacable docking at Vancouver, Canada with British PoWs
(photo found in Leonard’s possessions after he died)
1980 from cancer
Long Night’s Journey into Day
KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/44, WO 361/1780, WO 361/1964, WO 361/1963