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Lance Corporal

Frank Fisher


1919/06/12 - Born Maulden, Bedfordshire

Son of John and Maud Fisher

Occupation Carpenter

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment

5th Battalion

‘A’ Company



1939/09/01 - The 5th Battalion, Beds & Herts Regiment were formed.

Together with the 1/5th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters and  1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment, they made up the 55th Brigade of the 18th Division.

Towards Christmas 1939, Norfolk was used as the training camps:- West Tofts, North Walsham and Thetford.

In the middle of May 1940 till January 1941 all the units were posted to Galashiels in Scotland and the training became more intense.

1941/09/09 - Tropical kit was issued and orders were to proceed to Liverpool.

Reina del Pacifico. P.S.N-2

Reno Del Pacifico

1941/10/30 - The 5th Bed & Herts, 5th Suffolk Battalion together with the 18th Division HQ sailed in the Reno Del Pacifico from Liverpool in Convoy CT.5.1941/10/30 - Sailed with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool  with the 18th Division

USS West Point-2

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax and transferred to USS West Point with 55th Infantry Brigade.

 1941/11/10 - They sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X. Sailing via Trinidad and Cape Town.

1941/11/10- 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.

Convoy William Sail 12x

Above Photo 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)


The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo, arriving at Trinidad on 17th November in glorious sunshine so the tropical kit came out, but unfortunately no shore-leave. Left after two days of taking on supplies.

1941/11/24 - The convoy crossed the equator, there was a crossing the line ceremony.


Crossing the Line Ceremony Certificate

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa.

1941/12/08 -  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.

1941/12/13 - The convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay.

1941/12/25 -  USS Mount Vernon left convoy with the 53rd Infantry Brigade, sailing for Singapore in convoy DM1

1941/12/27 - After 17,011 miles at sea the 54th and 55th Infantry Brigades reached Bombay and became Task Force 14.2.

1942/01/17 - Troops embarked on the USS West Point and 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. As Japan had entered the war, 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 Samatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Jap Planes, there was no damage.

1942/01/29 - Arrived Keppel Harbour Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore Surrendered to the Japanese


1942/05/06 - WO 417/43, Casualty List No. 861. Missing.

1943/07/23 - WO 417/64, Casualty List No. 1194. Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. 816, 15/02/1942 now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured

PoW No. M-10761

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/03/21 - Transported overland to Thailand with ‘D’ Force

Commander Lt-Col. G.G. Carpenter, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment

1943/03/27 - Arrived Nong Pladuk, Thailand

New PoW No. IV 10929

Camps in Thailand

New PoW No. 6571

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand


1946/01/11 - WO417/100, Casualty List No. 1957. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1194 as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Rebecca Cole

Japanese Transport

Thailand - Burma Railway

Book ‘From the Woodlands to the Jungle’ by Martyn Fryer (Beds & Herts Regiment)

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/24, WO 345/18, WO 367/2, WO 361/1979, WO 361/1954, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2059, WO 361/2177, WO 361/2070,


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