To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”



Aircraftman 2nd Class

Robert Boocock

Known as Bob


1919/01/07 - Born Newcastle-on-Tyne

Son of Robert and Annie (nee Kirton) Boocock

Occupation Clerk

1940/04/09 - Enlisted Padgate

Royal Airforce

242 Squadron


Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Pamegatan, Java

PoW No. J-10188

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Harugiku Maru-03

1943/09/11 - Transported from Batavia, Java with Java Party 16 in Harugiku Maru (also known as Van Waerwijck) to Singapore

519 PoWs - 360 British, 159 Dutch

Commander Captain P. Williams

1943/09/14 - Arrived Singapore

1943/09/20 - Transported oversea in Seishin Maru to Japan in convoy SA-12 also consisting of tanker KIRISHIMA MARU and transports TEIKO (ex-French D‚ARTAGNAN) MARU and USSURI MARU escorted by fleet oiler ASHIZURI and subchaser CH-19.

1943/09/25 - South China Sea. In midmorning, lookouts aboard Cdr Frederick C. Lucas' USS BILLFISH (SS-286) spot convoy SA-12 to the west. Lucas signals Lt-Cdr Joseph H. Willingham's USS BOWFIN (SS-287) of the sighting. Lucas submerges and tries to close the range, but the convoy zigs away.

Nearby, Willingham's BOWFIN, on her first war patrol, receives sister-ship BILLFISH's signal. At 1130, BOWFIN surfaces and begins tracking the convoy. At 1310, Willingham torpedoes and sinks KIRISHIMA MARU at 09-53N 112-10E. 14 crewmen are KIA. CH-19 counterattacks, but is unsuccessful.

At 1403, USN codebreakers intercept and decrypt a message from CH-19 that reads: ‘At 1030, arrived at the scene. At 1233 (10-02 N, 122-01 E) sighted crew [of KIRISHIMA MARU] and at 1330 picked up a total of 53 men including the Captain. Continuing the search for the others’

1943/09/26 - At 1600, USN codebreakers decrypt another message from CH-19 that reads: ‘At 1425 picked up 9 more men. Above makes total of 62 of 87 (including passengers) rescued from KIRISHIMA MARU ----- heading for Saigon’

1943/09/29 - The remaining ships from Convoy SA-12 arrived Philippines

1943/10/08 - Arrive Takao, Taiwan

1943/10/12 -  Arrive Moji, Japan

1943/10/23 - Transported to Fukouka 19B - Inatsuki, Japan

New PoW No. 30106

1944/04/19 - Renamed Fukouka 11D

1945/08/15 - Renamed Fukuoka 8B, Japan

1945/09/21 - Liberated, reported as healthy

Liberation Questionnaire


Post War

Married Rosemary

They were blessed with children Robert, Nick, Anna and Katie.

Granddad to Elisabeth, Alex, Millie and James.


100th Birthday

Card from the Queen



Aged 101

7th September 2020

At home in Escrick




Robert (Nobby) Boocock - son

Japanese Transport

Java Index

Roger Mansell - Fukouka 8B

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 392/23, WO 345/6, WO 361/2009, WO 361/2217,


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