Son of George and Lily Boden
Next of Kin - Wife, Mary Ellen Boden, of 29 Westmoreland, Nelson, Lancashire
69/21 L.A.A. Regiment
1941/12/06 -The Territorial Chester area 21st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment together with the 77 H.A.A. and 18 L.A.A. Regiments of the Royal Artillery left the Clyde for the Middle East in Convoy William Sail 14X.
1941/12/08 - Japan attacked Malaya entering the war against Britain
1942/01/13 - By the time WS 14X had reached Durban, South Africa their destination had changed to the Singapore and they sailed in Convoy DM-2 (Durban Malaya -2).
1942/01/19 - Off Mombasa at 01.05 N, 91.28 E they merged with Convoy Bm-12 (Bombay Malaya -12) and were re-routed to Batavia, Java with their supplies.
1942/02/03 - Arrived Batavia in Empress of Australia.
The 21 L.A.A Regiment deployed one battery to Surabaya airfield defence in the east of Java and a further battery was sent to Koepang, Timor.
1943/03/25 - WO 417/58, Casualty List No. 1092. Missing
1942/03/20 - Captured Padang
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/10/16 - Tranported oversea from Java to Singapore with Java Party 5A
1942/10/17 - Arrived Singapore and PoWs taken to Changi. The Singapore Maru left Keppel Harbour after unloading the PoWs, reason not known.
1942/10/27 - Having returned, the Singapore Maru (1100 PoWs), Dainichi Maru (1200 PoWs) and Tofuku Maru (1200 PoWs) set sail to Japan in a convoy. Some of Java Party 5a, 5b and 5c who had sailed earlier from Java and taken to Changi, joined the PoWs in this Japan daft. It is not known for certain which one of these ships John was transported to Japan in.
1942/11/03 - Arrived Saigon, French Indo-China
Lt-Col. Scott asked for the sick to be taken off the Singapore Maru but his request was refused.
1942/11/13 - Arrived Takao, Taiwan
8 bodies sent ashore for cremation from the Singapore Maru.
600 Japanese Soldiers embarked on the Singapore Maru.
Departing Taiwan was delayed as there was a bad storm.
1942/11/25 - Arrived Moji, Japan
The sick were taken to Itozu Branch Hospital
John was taken to Hakodate - Diamachi Camp, then Itozu Hospital
Information on the Singapore Maru:-
The Singapore Maru was overcrowded with poor toilet facilities. The holds were not ventilated and dysentery took hold. There were 60 deaths on the voyage.
It is reported that on reaching Moji 280 PoWs were very sick, out of these a 127 died within weeks.
(Read Hell Ship also Affidavit by Lt-Col.Eric Kenneth Scott)
Was ill when ship docked at Moji, Japan
Cause of death Bacterial Dysentery
Hospital Name - Itozu Branch Hospital of Ogura Army Hospital, Itozu, Fukouka
Doctors Name - 2nd Lt. Jun Tanaka
(Daimachi, Hakodate POW Camp Records)
1943/10/26 - Casualty List No. 1274. Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. 1092, 01/02/1943 now reported Died whilst Prisoner of War. Died whilst a Prisoner of War
Son of George and Lily Boden, of Nelson, Lancashire
Husband of Mary Ellen Boden, of Nelson
Brit. Sec. C. A. 5.
1943/10/26 - WO 417/67, Casualty List No. 1274. Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. 1092, 01/02/1943 now reported Died whilst Prisoner of War.
KEW Files:- WO 361/1329, WO 361/2009, WO 392/23, WO 345/5, WO 361/1325, WO 361/2211, WO 361/1325,