To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Jan Willem Coppenrath


1916/08/18 - Date of Birth

1942/02/17 - Married Henriette Albertine Reijgers

(Henriette was born: June 15, 1923)


Netherlands Army


Jan on right


Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Java

PoW No. JI 7183

Japanese Index Card One - Side One


Japanese Index Card One - Side Two


Japanese Index Card Two - Side One


Japanese Index Card  Two - Side Two


1943/02/09 - Transported in Roko Maru from Batavia, Java to Singapore with Java Party 13.

Ranking number 28, boarding number 164.

(704 British, 296 Dutch PoWs)

1943/02/12 - Arrived Singapore, to Changi Camp.

1943/05/06 - Transported overland to Thailand with ‘H’ Force, train 2.

The 78th train to Thailand

New PoW No. I 20514

1943/06/21 - Jan was on roll at Kannyu Camp, Thailand with Lt-Col. R.R Humphreys as Commander of ‘H’ Force


He worked at the area around Tonchan Spring.

Then Chungkai where he sketched a burial at the Chunkai Hospital Cemetery.

Jan also sketched ‘F’ Force returning from Songkurai.

He then returned to Singapore late 1943, where he remained until the end of the war.

‘The Changi Sketch Book’ by Jan Wlliem Coppenrath


Post War

Jan and Henriette were blessed with:-

Sons, Donovan, Eugene, Peter, Maurits

Daughters, Pauline, Janneke, Hanny, Louise

Pencil Sketch - Peter 1948-tn

Son Peter 1948

Jan Willem was a pharmacist, amd in his spare time was an artist, musician and church choir director. He played piano, accordion, guitar and wind instruments.  He also played the pipe organ for churches in the Dutch Indies (Indonesia), the Netherlands and U.S.A.

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House in the Indies 1948

His family were displaced to the Netherlands in 1955 where he served as pharmacist at the Deventer Hospital and the Delta Ziekenhuis south of Rotterdam.

He and his family immigrated to the USA in 1962 under the displaced persons act and settled in Napa California where he lived until his death.

He worked as an assistant pharmacist at the Napa State Hospital until he opted for a better pay with JC Pennys as their warehouse manager in Vallejo, California.

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Trees and snow 1982

His artistry used various media to include, oil paint, water color, ink, pencil, wood and clay sculpture.


Windmill 1982

Jan Willem was a prolific artist and most of his art work remains with his children



13th June 2003

In Napa, California

Henriette died 26th November 2016 in Napa, California



Peter Coppenrath - Son

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Java Parties

Java 13 Dutch Roll

Java Personnel

Thailand-Burma Railway

KEW Files:- WO 361/1949, WO 361/2009, WO 361/2233,


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