To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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John Angell


Born 1912/04/27 - Liverpool

Son of John Joseph and Mary Ann Angell


Royal Engineers

287 Field Company

53 Infantry Brigade

18th Division



In October 1941, orders were at last received to prepare for foreign service

The 287 Field Company were transported to Liverpool and sailed from Great Britain on the 30th October 1941 with Convoy CT.5. (18th Division) the convoy formed off the Irish Coast.

USS Mount Vernon-2

1941/11/08 - Transferred to USS Mount Vernon with 53 Infantry  Brigade

Via Port Spain, Trinidad and Cape Town to Kenya

Convoy William Sail 12x

Above Photo of Convoy William Sail 12X supplied by the late Maurice Rooney

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

Front Line Top to Bottom:-

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

Back Row Top To Bottom:-

USAT Leonard Wood - USS Vincennes (Heavy Cruiser) - USS Joseph T Dickman

(USS Orizaba Ap-24 also sailed with Convoy though not pictured in photo)


1941/11/10 - Sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X

1941/12/08 - Japan invades Malaya

1941/12/29 - Mount Vernon left Kenya for Singapore in Convoy DM.1

1942/01/04 - Mount Vernon anchored at Addu Atool  in the Maldive Islands, mail going ashore and taking on water. The next morning at 0900hrs, Convoy DM.1 got under way escorted by HMS Emerald , Exeter and Jumna.

1942/01/13 - At 1315hrs Mount Vernon docked at the Navy Yard, Singapore.

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/03/23 - Overland to Thailand with ‘D’ Force, Train 9

This was the 58th Train to Thailand

On arrival he was attached to Group 4 23 (Takke) Work Battalion

Under Lt. Col. Gerald Goodwin Carpenter 1st Cambridgeshire Regt.

Camps in Thailand:-

Wang Pho- 111km from Nong Pladuk

Kinsaiyok Jungle No.2 - 167km from Nong Pladuk

Tha Sao Hospital - 125km from Nong Pladuk

Tha Muang - 38.9km from Nong Pladuk


1944 - Transported back to Singapore



1944/09/04 - Oversea to Japan in Kachidoki Maru, Japan Party 3.

With 900 PoWs.

1944/09/12 - Attacked by the USS Pampanito submarine near East Hainan Island and sunk. All those who survived the sinking jumped within the first 10 minutes of the Kachidoki Maru being hit.

John did not make it.


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Liverpool_Echo 3


Age 32


In the Sinking of the Kachidoki Maru


Loved Ones

Son of Mrs. M.A. Angell, of Liverpool

Husband of Frances Angell, of Liverpool



Singapore memorial - Addenda Panel

Column 40.

Singapore Memorial


Remembrance Day-John Angell




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Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Sandra Coulthard - Great Niece

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Convoy William Sail 12X

Thailand - Burma Railway

Kachidoki Maru

KEW Files:- WO 345/1, WO 361/2057, WO 392/23, WO 361/2005, WO 361/1742, WO 367/2, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2191, WO 361/2070,


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


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In Memory of FEPOW Family Loved Ones
Designed and Maintained by Ronnie Taylor.

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