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John Allen Brereton


1913/03/15 - Born Bishops Castle, Shropshire

Son of Leonard John and Beatrice Allen Brereton

Married Mary Barbara Elizabeth Spencer

John’s Occupation Public Works Contractors General Labourer

Royal Corps of Signals

28 Wing Sec.


Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Java

PoW No. J-3391

Batavia Camp

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


John was included on Japanese list to be transported from Batavia to Japan


1944/05/19 - Transported from Java to Singapore in Kiska Maru with Java Party 20

Total party of 800 PoWs

1944/05/21 - Arrived Singapore

Japan Party 1 was formed in convoy HO-02 consisting of twelve ships including four escorts. It was also known as the Bauxite Convoy.

Four of the cargo ships carried PoWs:-

Miyo Maru (800 Pows from Java Party 20)

Hozan Maru (451 PoWs also carried bauxite)

Hiyoki Maru (450 PoWs also carried bauxite)

Kokusei Maru (456 PoWs holds contained bauxite)

1944/06/03 - HO-02 sailed from Singapore to Japan via Philippines

Japan Party 20 were in the Miyo Maru

1944/06/06 - 160 miles E.S.E of Cape St. Jacques, Indo-China, USS Raton (SS-270) attacked the convoy. At 2225 hours an escort was sunk and USS Raton received damage.

1944/ 06/11 - Arrived Manila, the Tamahoko Maru loaded 7,500 tons of copper ore into her holds and joined the convoy

1944/06/14 - Sailed from Manila in a convoy of six ships

1944/06/15 - The convoy ran into a typhoon which caused damage to the Miyo Maru

1944/06/18 - Reached Takao, Taiwan.

PoW’s from the Miyo Maru were transferred from the Miyo Maru into two holds in the Tamahoko Maru

Tamahoko Maru

1944/06/20 - HO-02 convoy sailed out of Takao, Taiwan, accompanied by escorts.

1944/06/21 - Stopped over at Keeling, the convoy then headed for Japan.

1944/06/24 - Three US submarines, Tang, Tinosa, and Shark II attacked the convoy off the Japanese coast,  40 miles S.W. of Nagasaki. The Tamahoko Maru was hit and sank with the loss of 560 POWs out of the 772 PoWs on board.

Japanese Death Report



Allied Reports




Age 31


Lost at sea when Tamahoko Maru sunk off Nagasaki


Loved Ones

Son of Leonard John. and Alice Brereton

Husband of Mary Barbara Elizabeth Brereton, of Church Eaton, Staffordshire



Singapore Memorial-3

Column 43.



Post War

Johns Wife Mary Barbara Elizabeth remarried

Died 2009


Brian McKay

Java Index

Japanese Transports

KEW:- WO 361/1742, WO 361/1742, WO 361/2057, WO 345/6, WO 361/2008, WO 361/1222, WO 392/23, WO 361/1623, WO 361/2018, WO 361/1530, WO 361/2220, WO 361/1993,


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