To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Leading Seaman

Harry Butler


1919/12/08 - Born Boston, Lincolnshire

Son to George and Ethel Butler

Royal Navy


1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong


Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Became a Japanese PoW

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/0927 - Transported from Hong Kong in Lisbon Maru for Shanghai with 1816 prisoners on board.

Lisbon Maru - 3tn

1942/10/01 -  Lisbon Maru was Torpedoed by USS Grouper, 6 miles from Tung Fusham Island, off the China coast, 2957'N, 12256'N.

Lisbon Maru map2

Map supplied by Geoff Coxon

Harry survived by swimming to an island, was picked up and landed at Woosung not far from Shanghai. Encircled by machine-gun crews the survivors dared not talk to one another at the risk of getting a beating.

Transported in Shinsei Maru to Japan

1942/10/10 - Arrived Moji, Japan

Taken to Osaka No. 1 Camp

Liberated at Osaka 9B Notogawa-Machi, Japan

Age 26

1945/09/02 - Liberated

1945/09/10 - Released for repatriation



James McHarg Miller

Tony Banham’s book ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’

KEW:- WO 392/23, WO 345/8, CO 980/138, WO 361/1963,


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