To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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John Bush


1919/08/13 - Born Norwich

Occupation - Boot and Shoe Trade

Royal Norfolk Regiment

5th Battalion






Sailing to War

Duchess of Athol -01b

1941/10/27 - left Liverpool in ‘Duchess of Athol’ To Halifax in Convoy CT.5

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax

USS Mount Vernon-2

Transferred to USS Mount Vernon with 54th Infantry Brigade

1941/11/10 - Sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sai 12X, destination unknown

1941/12/08 - Japanese Invade Malaya

1941/12/30 - USS Mount Vernon leaves William Sail 12X Convoy with Convoy DM1 destination Singapore

1942/01/13 - Convoy DM1 docks  Navy Yard, Singapore


Singapore and Malaya

1942/01/20 - Moved to Ayer Hitam, Johore, Malaya

Moved to Batu Pahat, Malaya

1942/01/26 - Japanese land troops behind 5th Norfolks lines, cutting off withdrawal to Singapore

1942/01/27 - Captured


Japanese PoW

Japanese Index Card Side One


Japanese Index Card Side Two


Japanese PoW No. 341

Personnel Group 1

1942/10/14 - Transported overland by Cattle Trucks to Thailand

New Japanese PoW No. 20481

1944/05/20 - Transported to Japan

New Japanese PoW No. 40441

Sent to Tokio 12B Camp - Mitsushima

Mitsushima is recognised as one of the most brutal camp in all of Japan. Nine guards were convicted and executed from this camp after the war.



1945/09/02 - Liberated


Letter from the King




John spent his final few weeks in Dussindale Park Nursing Home 26 Mary Chapman Court Norwich NR7 0UD, where he died Saturday 11th June 2016


Information Reference:-

Colin and Sharon Tibbenham

Britain at War - Ron Taylor

Center For Research - Roger Mansell

KEW:- WO 361/1970, WO 361/2170, WO 392/23, WO 345/8, WO 361/2005, WO 361/1984, WO 361/1970, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2176,


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