To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Herbert Frederick Bailey

Known as Sonny


1920/05/07 - Born Norwich, Norfolk

Occupation Bricklayer

1939/04/29 - Enlisted

Royal Engineer

251 Field Park Company

18th Division



1941/10/30 - Left Liverpool for Halifax in Convoy CT.5.

1941/11/08 - At Halifax transferred to American liners

1941/11/10 - Left Halifax with Convoy William Sail 12X, destination unknown, believed to be Middle East.

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)

1941/12/08 - Japan entered war by bombing Pearl Harbour and invading Malaya

18th Division diverted from Middle East and sent to Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to Japanese


1942/04/10 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 794. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/09/09 - WO 417/65, Casualty List No. 1234. Previously posted Missing, Casualty List No. 794, 15/02/1942. Now reported a ‘Prisoner of War’.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore


PoW No. M-5930

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/11/03 - Transported overland to Thailand in ‘O’ Letter Party, train 10

28th Train to Thailand with 650 PoWs

Work Group 4, 07 (M) Bn

Commander Lt-Col. F.I.N. Ostrich, Royal Corps of Signals, 18th Division

New PoW No. IV 1378

1942/11/12 - Tha Sao, 125km from Nong Pladuk

Commander Lt-Col. Knights

1943/05/07 - Tha Makham, 56km from Nong Pladuk

Commander Lt-Col. Toosey

1943/12/25 - Chungki Hospital, 60 km from Nong Pladuk

1944/05/11 - Tha Muang, 38.90km from Nong Pladuk

Commander Lt-Col. Knights

New PoW No. IV 2291

1945/09 - Shampati

Commander RSM Christopher

1945/02/ - Takhil Camp in Nakhon Sawan

Commander RSM Osborne

1945/08/30 - Liberated

Liberation Questionnaire


1945/10/18 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1887. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1243 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Age 51

16th February 1973



Cheryl Warminger - Daughter

Adrian Bailey - Son

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Matt Stanyard

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand - Burma Railway

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 345/2, WO 361/1979, WO 361/1954, WO 361/2196, WO 392/23, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2191,


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