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
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.
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.
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
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.
Carol Wadley-Smith - Granddaughter
Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre
Convoy William Sail 12X
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,