To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Artillery-tn


Lance Sergeant

Sydney Henson


1916/11/08 - Born Nottingham

Son of Alfred and Elizabeth Henson

Royal Artillery

13/5 Search Light Regiment


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Sydney’s Transport as a PoW

Nissyo Maru1

1942/04/04 - Transported overses in Nissyo Maru to Saigon, French Indo-China

With 1125 PoWs

Commander Lt-Col. Frances Edgar Hugonin, 3 H.A.A., Royal Artillery

This was the first PoW transport from Singapore

Nissyo Maru

1942/04/09 - Arrive Saigon

On arrival half of the PoWs had dysentery, which had made the journey in the holds very unpleasant.

100 were sent to Hanoi to build an air strip and the rest were used to on and off load cargo from the ships in Saigon Harbour.


1943/06/22 - Transported overland to Thailand with 700 PoWs under Lt-Col. Hugonin

Steamer from Saigon to Mekong River, where they were barged across to Phnom Penh. There followed a very long 400 mile train journey to Bangkok.

Saigon Battalion to Thailand

1943/07/27 - No. 2 Jungle camp Kinsaiyok

(159km from Nong Pladuk)

PoW No. IV 13198

Camp Commander Lt. Col. Lilley

(Camp Leader Lt-Col. Hugonin)

Lt-Col. Hugonin protested to the Japanese about the shortage of food. They threatened to shoot him if he protested again but he stood firm. He was well respected by the men under him.

 1943/07/26 - Tha Sao

1943/10/17 - Railway lines from Burma to Thailand joined near Konkoita

1944/01/06 - Nakhon Pathom

Commander Col. Sainter


 1944/07/14 - Transported to River Valley Camp, Singapore

Commander Major Seking

Thailand to Singapore

River Valley, Singapore

 Commander Col. Sainter


1945/02/02 - Transported to Saigon, French Indo-China in Haruyasa Maru

Haruyasa Maru

Camp 10, Saigon, French Indo-China

PoW No. 42186 Serial No. 394

 Commander RSM Broadstreet.

Saigon, Thailand Camp 10, French Indo-China (Vietnam)

Camp 10 was situated on the Rue Catinat, which was a main thoroughfare between the native quarter and the French quarter. The huts were of timber construction except for the hospital which was of bamboo structure with an attapi roof. All the huts had electric light.

Saigon Camp 10-tn

Rice was still their main diet but they now received meat twice a week and eggs to buy in the canteen,  within no time their weight improved.

1945/09/12 - Liberated Saigon Camp when English and Dutch paratroopers entered the camp.

Flown via Bangkok to Rangoon Hospital and Recuperation


1945/10/23 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1891. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 943 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Japanese Transport

Thailand Burma Railway

KEW Files:- WO 361/2022, WO 361/2001, WO 361/2169, WO 361/1103, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2060, WO 392/24, WO 392/24, WO 361/2068, WO 361/2185, WO 345/24,


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