1919/04/03 - Born Earlshilton, Leicestershire
1938 - Enlisted
1941 - With 1st Battalion in Malaya
1941/12/10 - Japanese invade Malaya and make contact with 1st Battalion at Jitra
1941/12/13 - Chaotic retreat from Jitra. Many men reach the coast and find boats to take them to Penang
1941/12/16 - Japanese take control of Penang
1941/12/20 - Pte R Taylor is captured on Penang island
PoW No. 24851
1942/02 - Transferred to Taiping gaol
1942/07 - Transferred to Pudu gaol, Kuala Lumpur
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
New PoW No. 15639
1942/10/14 - Transferred by rail to Thailand to work on the Burma Thai railway. He was allocated to Construction Gp I. The only railway camp he lists on his liberation questionnaire is Non-Pladuck at the southern end of the line. It is likely that he spent all of this period at this camp.
1945 - Transferred to Ubon where the POWs laboured on the construction of an airstrip.
1945/08/15 - Japanese surrender and POWs liberated
1945/08/30 - Officially handed over to allied forces and repatriated via Bangkok and Rangoon
1945/Oct or Nov - Arrived in UK (Liverpool or Southampton).
1945/12/29 - Released from army service
Steve Taylor supplied dates and movements of his father.
KEW:- WO 361/2172, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196,