To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Engineers-tn


Staff Sergeant

Leslie Jones


1909/04/12 - Born Valletta, Malta

Son of Mary Ellen Jones

Royal Engineers

40th Fortress Company


1942/02/02 - WO 417/37, Casualty List No.736. Missing


Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

Shamshuipo Camp

PoW No. 1344

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Lisbon Maru-2

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.

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 - Lisbon Maru sunk

Chinese fishing boats picked up survivors and landed them at Woosung, Nr. Shanghai. They were later transported to Japan.

Osaka 1B - Minato-Ku

New PoW No. 5496

1945/09/08 - Liberated Japan

1945/09/12 - Assisted 8th Army Recovery HQ

New Osaka Hotel

Osaka, Japan



1945/10/26 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1894. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 915 as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Hong Kong.


Post War

1948 - WO102_28, Long Service And Good Conduct Medal



Japanese Transports

Tony Banham’s books:-

    ‘Not the Slightest Chance’

     ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’

     ‘We Shall Suffer There’

KEW Files:- WO 361/1558, WO 345/28, WO 392/24, WO 361/1558, WO 361/1964, WO 361/1963, WO 361/1744,


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