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Private

Albert Edward Turner

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1915/12/29 - Born Deptford, London

Son of Thomas and Harriet Turner

1940/04/18 - Enlisted

Sherwood Foresters

1/5th Battalion

18th Division

 

Service

The 1/5th (Derbyshire) Battalion was a Territorial Army formation originally serving with the 148th Infantry Brigade, part of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. In December 1939, the battalion was reassigned to the 25th Infantry Brigade and saw service with the BEF in France and Belgium in 1940 and being evacuated at Dunkirk. In late 1940, it was again reassigned to the 55th Infantry Brigade, 18th Infantry Division.

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1941/10/30 - The 1/5 Sherwood Foresters left Britain in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool to Halifax

Final Destination Unknown

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax

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1941/11/10 - Transferred to USS West Point and departed Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X

Convoy William Sail 12X continued with six American troopships, two cruisers, eight destroyers and the aircraft carrier Ranger,  the Convoy William Sail 12X  was under way, destination still unknown.

Convoy William Sail 12x

(Above Photo supplied by the late Maurice Rooney)

Vought SB 2U Vindicator Scout Bomber - USS Ranger which was flying an Anti Submarine patrol over the convoy.

Ships Front Line Top to Bottom

USS West Point - USS Mount Vernon - USS Wakefield - USS Quincy (Heavy Cruiser)

The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo.

1941/11/17 - Arrived at Trinidad in glorious sunshine so troops changed to tropical kit, but no shore-leave, left Trinidad after two days of taking on supplies.

1941/11/24 -  The equator was crossed, there was a crossing the line ceremony.

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa. By this time the 1941/12/08 - Americans were in the war as the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour and attacked Malaya and the rumours were that they were heading for the Far East and not the Middle East as first thought.

1941/12/13 - The convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay.

1941/12/27 - After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached.

1942/01/18 - The convoy sailed with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Destination was the far East. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Samatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Japanese Planes, there was no damage.

1942/01/29 - The convoy reached the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore.  Ships were ablaze in the harbour, clouds of smoke drifted across the sky and the smell of fumes was overpowering, this was not the best of greetings. The Japanese had taken most of Malaya in the last three weeks and were only thirty miles away from Singapore.

1942/02/15 - Singapore Surrendered

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Adam Road, Singapore

PoW No. M 4671

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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1942/10/01 - River Valley Camp

1942/11/07 - Transported overland to Thailand

30th train from Singapore, with Group 1

Commander Lt-Col. Flower, Northumberland Fusiliers

New PoW No. I 24879

Arrived Ban Pong, Thailand

Walked to Kan’buri

 Barges to Chungkai

1942/12/05 - Wang Lan - Commander Lt-Col. Flower, Northumberland Fusiliers

1943/01 - Tha Kilen Lt-Col. Flower, Northumberland Fusiliers

1944/04/16 - Kanburi - Capt. Renwick

1944/08/06 - Nong Pladuk - Lt-Col. P Toosey

1945/01/04 - Nakam Pathom - Lt-Col Sainter

1945/02/15 - Bangkok Godowns (New Harbour)- Lt-Col. Sainter

New PoW No. I 16083

1945/09/04 - Liberated Thailand

 

Died

1981

Information

Susan Turner Snell
Convoy William Sail 12X
Thailand-Burma Railway
COFEPOW Liberation Questionnaire

KEW:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/26, WO 345/52, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2165,

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