To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”



Aircraftman 1st Class

Ernest George Johnson


Born 1911/10/26 - Bishopstone, Swindon, Wiltshire

Son of Robert and Mary Johnson

Occupation Heavy Goods Lorry Driver


Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

152 Maintenance Unit


Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Garoet, Java

PoW No. 2562

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/09/26 - Transported in the Kalgan from Batavia oversea with Java Party 2 to Singapore

1942/10/09 - PoWs embarked at 1330 hours Hiteru Maru. Sailing at 1700 hours. Destination to Borneo with 1886 PoWs. The ship anchored in the Singapore Roads overnight.

1942/10/10 - At 0830 hours the ship sailed, arriving Sarawak at 1800 Hours, the ship anchored overnight.

1942/10/11 - The ship sailed slowly up the Kuching River and ran into a thunderstorm, where it spent the night.

1942/10/13 - At 0830 hours the 1000 PoWs disembarked. The rest carried on with the ship to Miri then Jesselton.

In April 1943 two parties of British left Jesseleton for Sandakan.

New PoW No, 2661

The treatment of the Sandakan PoWs was bad and got worse over the next year.

In January 1945 the Japanese stopped feeding the PoWs who only survived on the food they had stored. The Japanese now decided to move the PoWs inland, and the Sandakan Marches followed.

Only six Australian PoWs survived Sandakan as they escaped while on the marches.

Over 2500 PoWs died at Sandakan or on the Sandakan Marches.

Died either on the Sandakan Marches or at Sandakan. The record below is information from Japanese records which cannot to be trusted.

Johnson-Ernest-Death Report Information
Johnson-Ernest-Death information




Put to death by the Japanese on the Sandakan Marches or at Sandakan.



Singapore memorial - Addenda Panel

Column 454

Singapore Memorial




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Book - ‘Sandakan - A Conspiracy of Silence’ by Lynette Ramsay Silver

Photo of Ernest supplied by Tony Honeyman


Rev. John Wanless

Commonwealth War Grave Commission


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