John George Goodenough
Known as Jack
1914/04/19 - Born Gosport
1933/12/01 - Enlisted
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.
1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/09/27 - Sailed from Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru
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.
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.
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’
KEW:- WO 392/24, WO 345/20, WO 361/1963, WO 361/1744/2, WO 361/1744, WO 361/1558,