1919/09/20 - Born
30/3 H.A.A. Regt.
1942/03/08 - Captured Sumatra
PoW No. 3473
1942/05/09 - British Sumatra Battalion under A,A Apthorpe
The British Sumatra Battalion was formed on the 9th May 1942 with 20 officers and 480 other ranks. The service personnel were mostly escapees and considered to be trouble makers.
Leaving Padang, Sumatra by train they travelled to Fort de Kok. The next day a convoy of lorries took them to Uni Kampong Camp, where Dutch civilians were interned. On the 15th May they were packed into the hell ship ‘England Maru’ bound for Mergui, Burma, to build new runways, the death rate at Mergui was twelve.
The 10th of August saw another move on the hell ship ‘Tatu Maru’ to Ann Hestletine Home at Tavoy, where the death rate fell to five.
The next move to Thanbyuzayat in November was the start of a hard toil on the Thailand to Burma railway.
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
New PoW No. 15280
Cause of Death - Amoebic Dysentery, Abscess on liver
Place of Death - Thanbyuzayat
B6. L. 18.
THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY
British Sumatra Battalion
Thailand to Burma Railway
Commonwealth War Graves - CWGC
KEW:- WO 361/1987, WO 361/2168, WO 361/2188, WO 361/2192, WO 361/2172, WO 361/2064, WO 361/1624/1, WO 345/49, WO 361/1955