To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Petty Officer

Leonard George Adams


1911/05/16 - Born Galampton, Devon

Son of Thomas Mortimor and Emily Adams

1932 - Married Ethel Maude Heath

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Thracian


Japanese POW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

PoW No. 5309

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Lisbon Maru-2

1942/09/27 - Sailed from Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru

On the third day at sea Diptheria broke out.

1942/10/01 - A noise like air rushing out of a tyre woke the sleeping PoWs and they realised a torpedo had just missed the ship. A few minutes later there was a loud explosion and the ships engines stopped.

Lisbon Maru map2

The submarine, USS Grouper SS-214 had attacked and hit the Lisbon Maru.

At 7.30pm the Japanese destroyer ‘Kure’ and the Toyokuni Maru took off all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.

Lisbon Maru - 1tn


1942/10/02 - Lisbon Maru sunk

Chinese fishing boats picked up survivors and landed them at Woosung, Nr. Shanghai. They were later transported to Japan.

Osaka 1B Camp, Japan



Age 32

Friday, 30th October 1942

Cause of death - Diptheria

Osaka 1B Camp, Japan




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star


Loved Ones

Son of Thomas Mortimor Adams and Emily Adams.

Husband of Ethel Maud Adams, of Paignton, Devon.

Leonard also left behind 2 daughters:-

Maureen born 1936

Christine born 1938



Yokohama War Cemetery

British Section C. D. 5

Adams-Leonard-George - Yokohama War Cemetery Plan



Lisbon Maru

Books by Tony Banham:-

‘Not the Slightest Chance - The defence of Hong Kong’

‘The Sinking of th Lisbon Maru’

‘We Shall Suffer There - Hong Kong Defenders Inprisoned 1941-1945’

KEW:- WO 361/774, WO 361/1756, WO 345/22, WO 392/23, WO 361/1623, WO 361/1516, WO 361/1744/2, WO 361/1744, WO 361/1364,


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




Keeping The Candle Burning


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