Geoffrey Frank Gripper
1906/05/10 - Born Clare, Suffolk
Son of Frank Bell and Euphemia Gripper
1930/03/22 - Departed Southampton for Singapore in ‘Mantua’, Penninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co. Occupation Crown Agents.
1934/11/13 - Departed London to Singapore in ‘Ranchi’, P&O S.N. Co.. Occupation Crown Agent.
1938/10/06 - Departed London to Marseille, France in ‘Viceroy Of India’, P&O S.N. Co., Occupation Crown Agents.
1936 - Geoffrey competing at Bisley Championships
In 1890, Bisley village became the location for the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom's Imperial Meeting (the Association's National Championship).
Federated Malay States Volunteer Force
Pahang - 4th Battalion
Att:- 135 Field Regiment, RA
1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore
1942/02/15 - Marched to Changi
PoW No. M2673
1942/08/30 - PoWs held for three Days at Selarang. Newly arrived Japanese Commander General Shimpei Fukuye wanted PoWs to sign ‘No Escape’ document after executing four who tried to escape. The PoWs signed ‘Under Duress’.
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/11/06 - Transported overland to Thailand in ‘L’ Letter Party
29th Train from Singapore to Thailand
Commander Lt-Col. A.B. Cubitt, 6th Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
1942/11/11 - Arrived Ban Pong
New PoW No. 649 (18441)
Camps on Thailand-Burma Railway:-
Chungkai, Thailand (60km from Nong Pladuk)
Wan Lang, Thailand (68km from Nong Pladuk)
1943/02 - Returned to Chungkai with Ulcers (60km from Nong Pladuk)
1943/08 - Kanchanaburi, Thailand (52km from Nong Pladuk)
1943/09 - Konkoyta (262km from Nong Pladuk)
1943/12 - Nong Pladuk No. 2 Camp
1944/09 - Tha Muang (38km from Nong Pladuk)
1945/01 - Kanchanaburi Officers Camp (52km from Nong Pladuk)
1945/08/16 - Told of Japanese surrender
1945/09/04 - Liberated Thailand
To Bangkok then flown to Rangoon
Singapore War Crimes Trial in 1946, General Fukuye was sentenced to death on 28 February and executed by firing squad on 27th April at the spot where the four POWs had been shot three years earlier at Selarang.
1946/11/10 - Aged 40. Departed Southampton for Singapore in ‘Dilwara’, P&O Line. Occupation was Inspector of Mines.
1950/07/14 - Age 44. Departed Southampton for Singapore in ‘Willem Ruys’, Royal Rotterdam Lloyd
1953/09/29 - Age 47. Departed London for Penang, Malasia in ‘Chusan’, P&O Line
Geoffrey worked in Africa until retirement then travelled back to England.
Ro Madgett - Granddaughter
Thailand to Burma Railway
KEW Files:- WO 392/24, WO 345/22, WO 361/1954, WO 361/1979, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2185, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2060,