To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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John George Goodenough

Known as Jack


1914/04/19 - Born Gosport

1933/12/01 - Enlisted

Royal Artillery

8 Coast Regiment


1943/08/20 - WO 417/65, Casualty List No. 1217. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 721 as Missing with Initial J., 25/12/1941. Hand written on source "M.C. amended." Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

Japanese Index Card - Side One

Shamshuipo Camp


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/09/27 - Sailed from Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru

Lisbon Maru-2

On the third day at sea Diptheria broke out.

1942/10/01 - A noise like air rushing out of a tyre woke the sleeping PoWs and they realised a torpedo had just missed the ship. A few minutes later there was a loud explosion and the ships engines stopped.

Lisbon Maru map2

The submarine, USS Grouper SS-214 had attacked and hit the Lisbon Maru.

At 7.30pm the Japanese destroyer ‘Kure’ and the Toyokuni Maru took of all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.

Lisbon Maru - 1tn

1942/10/02 - Chinese fishing boats and Japanese picked up survivors and landed them at Woosung, Nr. Shanghai.

They were later transported to Japan in the Shinsei Maru (also known as Washington Maru).

1942/10/10 - Arrived Moji, Japan

1942/10/11 - Osaka 1B Camp, Minato-ku, Japan

New PoW No. 5011

Commander CSM Matheson, Royal Scots

1943/03/15 - Osaka 2 Camp - Kobe House

1945/06/05 - Kobe House destroyed by air raid

1945/09/08 - Liberated Osaka 1B

1945/09/11 - On Roll at Osaka Hotel, Japan


1945/11/20 - WO417/99, Casualty List No. 1915. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 881 (Corrected by Casualty List No. 1217) as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Hong Kong.



Anne Holdorph - Granddaughter
Tony Banham’a Books:
    ‘Not the Slightest Chance - The Defence of Hong Kong 1941’
    ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’
    ‘We Shall Suffer There’
Japanese Transport
Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW:- WO 392/24, WO 345/20, WO 361/1963, WO 361/1744/2, WO 361/1744, WO 361/1558,


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