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Leonard James Kingston


1908/09/07 Born London

Occupation Caterer

Army Catering Corps

H.Q. 18th Division


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Changi, Singapore

PoW No. I 357

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Catering Adviser Roberts Hospital, Changi.

New PoW No. 606

Leonard used his water divining skills to find water in the camps.

He was part of a group that maintained Church of England Holy Communion services.

Leonard lost his sight due to malnutrition, in the camps, but later regained it .

1945/09/02 - Liberated Changi, Singapore

1945/11/02 - Repatriated


Post War

Leonard’s firm Christian belief was that you have to judge people as individuals, and everyone has to make their own  judgement on what is right and wrong in life.

Active in the Football Association , he became manager of the England Football team for Olympics after the war.

He took his touring team, Middlesex Wanderers to introduce football to Japan .

The team toured schools and universities and towns to bring football to the people.

He was invited back and honoured by the Japanese for his work on peace through sport.






Nicola Kingston

KEW:- WO 367/1, WO 345/30, WO 361/1946, WO 392/25, WO 361/2177, WO 361/2061


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