To honour those who served their country

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Henry Claude Leggett


1910/03/17 - Born Stevenage

1932- Married Florence Cousins

Occupation Labourer

1939/05/14 - Enlisted


Royal Artillery

135 (The Hertfordshire Yeomenry) Field Regiment

18th Division




1941/10/31 - The 135th Field Regiment sailed from Gourock in the Polish Free State vessel, ‘M,V. Sobieski’ and joined Convoy CT.5 (18th Division) off the Irish Coast.

Also on board were the 2nd Cambridgeshire Regiment as part of the 18th Division.

USS Mount Vernon-2

1941/11/08 - Transferred to USS Mount Vernon with 53 Infantry  Brigade

1941/11/10 - Sailed from Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X

1941/11/18 - Arrived Port Spain, Trinidad

1941/11/20 -  Sailed for Cape Town

1941/12/08 - Japan entered the war and invades Malaya

1941/12/09 - Arrived Cape Town

1941/12/13 - Sailed for Mombassa, Kenya

 1941/12/25 Arrived Mombassa, Kenya

1941/12/29 - Mount Vernon left Kenya for Singapore in Convoy DM.1

1942/01/04 - Mount Vernon anchored at Addu Atool  in the Maldive Islands, mail going ashore and taking on water. The next morning at 0900hrs, Convoy DM.1 got under way escorted by HMS Emerald , Exeter and Jumna.

1942/01/13 - At 1315hrs Mount Vernon docked at the Navy Yard, Singapore


1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to Japanese


1942/04/09 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 793. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/08/26 - WO 417/65, Casualty List No. 1222. Previously posted Missing now reported ‘Prisoner of War’.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Camptured Singapore

PoW No. M-1345

Changi, Singapore

Commander Col. Toosey

1942/05 - Bukit Timah, Singapore

Commander Brig C.L.B. Duke, 11442

Japnese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/10/22 - Transported overland to Thailand, Sime Road Party, train 4

16th Train to Thailand

Group 1

1942/10/26 - Arrived Ban Pong, Thailand

New PoW No. I 24334

Camps in Thailand:-

Kinsiayok - 161km form Nong Pladuk

Konkoita - 250km from Nong Pladuk

Nong Pladuk

Commander Col. Toosey

1945/02/ - Ubon, North East of Bangkok

Commander Captain Ernest Albert Smythe, Royal Army Medical Corps

New PoW No. 10217

Medical Diary 4 (Page 391, Rec.No. 17335, Date Admit. 1945/05/01, Date Dis. 1945/05/03, Diagnosis:- Malaria, Notes Sp NP).

Medical Diary 5 (Page 397, Rec.No. 17478, Date Admit. 1945/06/05, Date Dis. 1956/06/07, Diagnosis:- Malaria).

1945/08/30 - Liberated, transferred to Allied forces Bangkok.

Flown to Rangoon for rehabilitation before being sipped home

Liberation Questionnaire


1945/10/31 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1898. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1222 as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



1987 at Hitchen.


Janice Jeffrey

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Glenda Godfrey

Tan DingXiang

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand -Burma Railway

Ubon - Ray Withnall

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/25, WO 345/31, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2061, WO 361/2186,


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