Thomas Arthur Barker
1921/10/01 - Born Chaddesden, Derby
Son of John William and Elizabeth (nee Hanson) Barker
The Sherwood Foresters
1941/10/30 - Sailed in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool with the 18th Division
1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax and transferred to USS West Point with 55th Infantry Brigade, consisting of 1st Cambridgeshires and 5th Beds and Herts (3250 troops).
1941/11/10 - They sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X. Sailing via Trinidad and Cape Town.
1941/12/08 - Japan entered the war by attacking Pearl Harbour and Malaya.
1941/12/25 - Mount Vernon left convoy with the 53rd Infantry Brigade, sailing for Singapore in convoy DM1
1941/12/27 - Arrived Bombay, now became Task Force 14.2
1942/01/02 - Sailed from India destination Singapore in Task Force 14.2
1942/01/29 - Arrived Keppel Harbour Singapore
1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese
1942/02/15 - Became a Japanese PoW
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/10/27 - Transported from River Valley and Havelock Road in ‘Specialist Party’ sailed in unknown ship to Taiwan
1942/11/17 - Arrived Taiwan and the 500 PoWs boarded train to Taichu
Taichu Camp, Taiwan
PoW No. II 2202
Put to work building a diversion to stop the monsoon rains flooding river banks and damaging the important transport bridge. Work carried out by hand with many deaths from mistreatment by the Japanese
Transported to Taihoku 6B Camp, Taiwan
Workforce used to build another camp called Oka.
1945/09/05 - Liberated Taiwan
1945/09/06 - Liberated from Keelung Harbour and transferred to the aircraft carrier USS Block Island. This sailed for Manila.
1945/09/09 - Arriving Manila.
1945/09/14 - Thomas boarded the USS General Langfitt and sailed via Hawaii for Vancouver.
1945/10/03 - Arriving Vancouver.
1948 - Married Annie Green at Derby Christ Church, South Derby
Liz Aston - Daughter
George Barker - Son
KEW:- WO 392/23, WO 361/2068, WO 345/3, WO 361/1968,