To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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James Henry Brooks


1915/07/15 - Nottingham

Son of James Henry and Mary Brooks

Occupation General Labourer

Sherwood Foresters

1/5 Battalion




1941/10/30 - Sailed in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool  with the 18th Division

USS West Point-2

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


Japanese PoW

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.’



Singapore Memorial-3

Column 71

Singapore Memorial



Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

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)


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