To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

3rd Kings Own Hussars


Warrant Officer Class 2

Norman David Ellis


1911/08/22 - Born Fulham, London

Son of George John Ellis and Ellen Elizabeth (nee Mills) Ellis

1929/10/21 - Enlisted

3rd Kings Own Hussars

‘B’ Squadron



One troop of the 3rd Kings Own Hussars regiment converted to motor cavalry in 1935, with the regiment as a whole converting to the armoured car role in 1936 and being transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939.

In 1941, B Squadron of the 3rd Kings Own Hussars was sent to Singapore as reinforcements, but with the fall of Singapore, it was diverted to Java where, after a brief fight, it was ordered to surrender and the men spent the rest of the war as  Prisoners of War. Fifty four members of B Squadron died as prisoners of the Japanese. The few survivors returned to the regiment in 1945 after the war ended.


Japanese PoW

1942/03/17 - Captured Java

1942/04 - Bandoeng, Java

PoW No. JI 24

Commander Lt-Col Dunlop. A.I.F.

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/11/07 - Transported France Maru from Java to Palembang, Sumatra with Java Party 19, which contained 2000 PoWs (1500 Dutch, 500 British)

1943/11/10 - Arrived Palembang, Sumatra

New PoW No. II 4104

1943/11/11 - Transported by trucks to Pangkalan Balai Camp, Sumatra with 1500 PoWs

(other 500 sent to Betoeng Camp)

Commander Lt-Col. Holmes, East Surrey Regiment

1945/05/26 - Transported ‘Sibolga’ from Palembang to Singapore, mostly PoWs from Java Party 19

1945/05/30 - Arrived Changi, Singapore

Commander Major May, Royal Artillery

1945/09/02 - Liberated


1945/09/15 - Departed Singapore R.M.S. Almanzora (Royal Mail Line), with 924 PoWs and 430 civilians

1945/10/17 - Arrived Southampton



18th August 1986

Keynsham, Near Bristol



Paul Bartlett

Java Index

Java Parties

Transport Home

COFEPOW Liberation Questionnaire

KEW:- WO 392/24, WO 345/16, WO 361/2002, WO 361/1946, WO 361/2219,


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