To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Reginald Victor Carpenter


1910/10/30 - Born Edwardstone, Suffolk

Next of Kin:- Wife: Kathleen, Bures Road, Great Cara Road, Suffolk

1940/10/17 - Enlisted

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

Light Aid Detachment

18th Division



1941/10/20 - Left Liverpool for Halifax in Convoy CT.5.

1941/11/08 - At Halifax transferred to American liners

1941/11/10 - Left Halifax with Convoy William Sail 12X, destination unknown, believed to be Middle East.

Convoy William Sail 12x

Above Photo of Convoy William Sail 12X supplied by the late Maurice Rooney

Vought SB 2U Vindicator Scout Bomber - USS Ranger which was flying an Anti Submarine patrol over the convoy.

Front Line Top to Bottom:-

USS West Point - USS Mount Vernon - USS Wakefield - USS Quincy (Heavy Cruiser)

Back Row Top To Bottom:-

USAT Leonard Wood - USS Vincennes (Heavy Cruiser) - USS Joseph T Dickman

(USS Orizaba Ap-24 also sailed with Convoy though not pictured in photo)

1941/12/08 - Japan entered war by bombing Pearl Harbour and invading Malaya

18th Division diverted from Middle East and sent to Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to Japanese


1942/03/20 - WO 417/40, Casualty List No. 776. Reported Missing.

1943/08/14 - WO 417/64, Casualty List No. 1212. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 776 as Missing. Now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. II 635


Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/06/18 - Transported overland to Thailand in June Mainland Party, Train 1

1st train to Thailand with 600 PoWs

Commander Major R.S. Sykes, Royal Army Service Corps, 18th Division

New PoW No. II 4143

The June Parties were the first Parties into Thailand. Their work at Nong Pladuk was to was to get the service yards ready for the work groups which were to follow starting in October 1942.

Camps in Thailand:-

(from Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre)

1942/07 - Ban Pong

Ban Khao, 87.93km from Nong Pladuk

1943/06 - Wang Pho, 111.50km from Nong Pladuk

1943/08 - Tha Khanun, 220km from Nong Pladuk

1993 /10 - In Hospital at Tha Khanun October 43 with Deficiency

1943/10 - Chungkai, 60km from Nong Pladuk

1944/07 - In hospital at Chungkai with Avitaminosis

1944/08 - In Hospital Nakhon Pathom with Dengue Fever, Tropical Ulcers, Bacillary Dysentery and Pellagra

Phetchaburi (Katchu Mountain)

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand

Liberation Questionnaire


1945/09/17 - WO417/97_1, Casualty List No. 1860. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1212 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Carol Wadley-Smith - Granddaughter

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand Burma Railway

Liberation Questionnaire - Supplied by Andrew Snow

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 361/1979, WO 361/1954, WO 361/2196, WO 392/23, WO 345/9, WO 361/2167, WO 361/2181, WO 361/2167,


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