Airman - Air Force E
Joseph William Ward
1912/04/22 - Born Darwen, Lancashire
Son of Joseph and Martha Jane Ward
Royal Air Force
1942/03/08 - Captured Java
PoW No. III 2000
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1943/04/17 - Transported to Haruku Island from Surabaya, Java with 2074 PoWs
Camp No. 3 Haruku Isalnd
Work was to flatten top of Island for an air strip.
Illness amongst the PoWs was a big concern as the island was infested with bluebottles.
1943/06/16 - Joe reported sick with dysentery
By September 1943, 370 PoWs had died at Haruku Island.
Cause of Death Bacterial Dysentery
Son of Joseph and Martha Jane Ward, of Darwen, Lancashire
Buried Kariu Cemetery, Haruku (Haroekoe) Island
After the war Joseph was moved to a Commonwealth War Grave at Ambon
10. D. 14.
AMBON WAR CEMETERY
THOUGH ABSENT, JOE, YOU ARE ALWAYS NEAR, STILL LOVED AND DEARLY MISSED
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Prisoner Doctor by Richard Philips (Book)
Death in the Spice Islands
Prisoner Under the Rising Sun
KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/54, WO 361/1945, WO 361/2008, WO 361/1222, WO 361/1222, WO 361/1616, WO 361/1616, WO 361/1292,