To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”


D/JX 188479

Ordinary Seaman

Gaythorne Bartholomew



1923/09/27 - Born Worksop

1940/03/ - Enlisted

Royal Navy

HMS Exeter



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On the entry of the Japan into the war in December 1941, HMS Exeter formed part of the ABDACOM naval force which was intended to defend the Dutch East Indies from Japanese invasion.

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On 27th February, 1942, HMS Exeter was badly damaged in the Battle of the Java Sea when she received a hit in the boiler room and was ordered to Surabaya. The destroyer HMS Electra was sunk covering her withdrawal. On 1st March while Exeter was attempting to reach the Sunda Straits, she was again engaged by the Japanese cruisers Nachi and Haguro. HMS Exeter was soon badly damaged by gunfire and a torpedo from the destroyer Inazuma. Taking on water she began to list to starboard, by noon on the same day she sank. Her escorting destroyers, HMS Encounter and USS Pope were also lost in this engagement. About 800 Allied seamen, including the commander of HMS Exeter, Captain O.L. Gordon., became prisoners of war.


Japanese PoW

1942/03/01 - Captured Battle of Java Sea

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/03/10 - Transported to Makassar, Celebes

Under Lt Commander Cooper

1942/10/10 - Transported Asama Maru to Nagasaki, Japan

PoWs mostly from Battle of Java Sea

1942/10/23 - Reached Nagasaki, Japan

Under Lt Commander Chubb

New PoW No. I 716

1942/10/24 Fukuoka 2B

1944/12/02 - Fukuoka 1B - Hakozaki Machi

Under Col. Saunders

Hut 3 Roll of 26 PoWs


1945/09/14 - Liberated Fukuoka 1B


Photo taken from an American Bomber dropping supplies to the camp which is in the bottom left hand corner and the parachutes can clearly be seen.


Transport Home

Fukuoka via Nagasaki, via San Francisco.

Train to Halifax, Nova Scotia


On to Southampton on Queen Elizabeth I

Jack was home




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



25th July 2004


Barbara Bartholomew

HMS Exeter

KEW:- WO 392/23, WO 345/3, WO 361/1254,


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