James Henry Brooks
1915/07/15 - Nottingham
Son of James Henry and Mary Brooks
Occupation General Labourer
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 - Captured Thompson Road, Singapore
PoW No. II 8060
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
Transported overland to Thailand
PoW No. II 8060
Transported back to Singapore with Group 2 Parties 25 and 29
1944/07/04 - Transported oversea from Singapore in Asaka Maru, Japan Party 2
1944/08/15 - Asaka Maru was storm damaged and PoWs transferred to Hakusan Maru at Keelung, Taiwan
New PoW No. II 40305
Cause of death given as:-
Acute Enteritis, Bacillary Dysentery and Heat Exhaustion
21 deaths on board both ships with 17 with certificates, 13 died from Bacillary Dysentery
Report from Captain Longbottom RAMC - dated 1946/06/05
‘ All the 17 deaths took place on the voyage to Japan of a party of approx. 750, comprising of parties 25 and 29 inclusive from Number 2 Group Camp in Thailand.
The original list with a report on the conditions of the voyage was handed in to British interrogation authorities at the reception camp for the Japanese Prisoners of War, Manilla, September 1945.’
Convoy William Sail 12X
KEW:- WO 361/1527, WO 361/241, WO 345/7, WO 361/2005, WO 392/23, WO 361/2167, WO 361/1108 (covers the Asaka Maru and Hahusan Maru deaths)