To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”




Jack Ivor Evans


1917/10/17 - Born Treorchy, Wales

Son of Caradoc and Mary Ann Evans

Occupation Textile Buyer

1940/01/08 - Enlisted

Suffolk Regiment

4th Battalion

18th Division

11th Indian Division - (Malaya)



Suffolk Regiment

4th Suffolks-2tn

4th Battalion



The Suffolk Regiment 4th Battalion was made ready at Liverpool to embark on the Andes, being part of Convoy C.T.5. Destination unknown.


USS Wakefield

Arriving at Halifax 8th November the men were then moved across to the transport ship tied along side, the 27,000 ton Wakefield.

On November 10th the voyage continued with six American troopships, two cruisers, eight destroyers and the aircraft carrier Ranger,  the Convoy William Sail 12X  was under way, destination still unknown.

The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo, arriving at Trinidad on 17th November in glorious sunshine so our tropical kit came out, but unfortunately no shore-leave, we left after two days of taking on supplies. On 24th we crossed the equator, there was a crossing the line ceremony.

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa. By this time the Americans were in the war as the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour and attacked Malaya and the rumours were that they were heading for the Far East and not the Middle East as first thought.

On December 13th the convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay. After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached December 27th 1941.

Embarked on 17th January back onto the Wakefield. The convoy sailed the next day with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Japan had entered the war by attacking Malaya on 8th December 1941, destination was the far East. The Prince of Wales and the Repulse had both been sunk by the Japanese off Malaya. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Sumatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Jap Planes, there was no damage, the Wakefield was the first of our convoy to reach the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore on the 29th January 1942. Ships were ablaze in the harbour, clouds of smoke drifted across the sky and the smell of fumes was overpowering, this was not the best of greetings. The Japanese had taken most of Malaya in the last three weeks and were only thirty miles away from Singapore.

The 18th Division was moved to hold the north-eastern part of the island near the Changi Peninsula.

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

February > April  1942 - Changi

April > November 1942 - Bukit Timah Road

November > December 1942 - Sime Road

December > April 1943 Changi

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/04/18 - Overland to Thailand with ‘F’ Force

63rd Train from Singapore to Thailand

Commander L/Col. S.W. Harris, Royal Artillery

1943/04/24 - From Ban Pong to Songkurai

1943/05/06 - Escaped Songkurai in morning during air raid

Eight Escapees:-

Lance Corporal William H. Dawkins, 6019193, 4th Suffolk Regiment

Corporal Jack Ivor Evans, 5829588, 4th Suffolk Regiment

L/Sergeant Peter Richard. Jackson, 5830401, 4th Suffolk Regiment

Private Francis Leonard E. Edley, 12446, Singapore Volunteers

Private Frederick Frederick John Woolard, 898747, Royal Artillery

Sergeant James Singleton, 885723, Royal Artillery. Died in jungle, September 1943

Sergeant Ian O’Brian Bradley, 838011, Royal Artillery

Lance Bombardier B. Bradley, 4746298, 85th Anti tank Reg , R.A.

1943/10/01 - All recaptured except Singleton

Given Life Sentences and taken to Outram Road Jail, Singapore

L/B Bradley died Outram Jail July 1945, Buried Kranji War Cemetery

1945/08/19 - Changi

Liberated Changi

Taken to Rangoon Hospital

Journey Home


Frank - Jack - Joe - Pug

1945 - Columbo



Names unknown



22nd May 2001


Mary Morgan

Commonwealth War Graves

COFEPOW Liberation Questionnaires

Thailand - Burma Railway

KEW:- WO 392/24, WO 361/1504, WO 361/1504, WO 345/17, WO 361/2059, WO 361/2176, WO 361/2176, WO 361/2229,


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