To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Walter Charles Coman


1921/01/25 - Born



1939 May/June - Enlisted

5th Royal Norfolk Regiment, 53rd Infantry Brigade, 18th Division

1941/10/20 - Clyde embarked ‘Duchess of Atholl’ for Halifax, part of Convoy CT.5.

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1941/11/12 - Left Halifax in ‘USS Mount Vernon’ for Cape Town

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1941/12/08 - Japanese attacked Malaya

1941/12/09 - Left Cape Town for Bombay, redirected to Mombassa

1941/12/28 - Left Mombassa for Singapore

1942/01/13 - Arrived Singapore, disembarked to Woodlands Camp near Naval Base where basic jungle training was given.

1942/01/16 - Moved to Jahore, Malaya under command of 11th Indian Division. Took up positions at Yong-Peng, Ayer Hitam.

1942/01/20 - Moved to Jamaluang, east of Ayer Hitam.

1942/01/21 - First action when patrol was attacked, two injured one missing.

1942/01/26 - Forced to retreat to Singapore

1942/01/28 - Battalion at Serangoon Road Camp, Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Braddel Road, Singapore

1942 February - Changi (camp leader Gen. Heath & Col. Holmes)

1943 March to 1944 June - Thailand Camps (camp leader Col. Outram)

1944 November to 1945 January - Sherilow, Formosa (camp leader Gen. Geffers)

1945 February to 1945 August - Amuta Kyushu, Japan (camp leader Maj. Schotte)

1945/08/15 - Liberated



Age 93

2014 October


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




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