To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Army Service Corps



James Ian Macbeth


1921/09/27 - Born Lossiemouth, Morayshire

Occupation Butcher

1941/06/24 - Enlisted

Royal Army Service Corps

18 Division



1941/10/30 - Left Liverpool for Halifax in Convoy CT.5.

1941/11/08 - At Halifax transferred to American liners

1941/11/10 - Left Halifax with Convoy William Sail 12X, destination unknown, believed to be Middle East.

Convoy William Sail 12x

Above Photo of Convoy William Sail 12X supplied by the late Maurice Rooney

Vought SB 2U Vindicator Scout Bomber - USS Ranger which was flying an Anti Submarine patrol over the convoy.

Front Line Top to Bottom:-

USS West Point - USS Mount Vernon - USS Wakefield - USS Quincy (Heavy Cruiser)

Back Row Top To Bottom:-

USAT Leonard Wood - USS Vincennes (Heavy Cruiser) - USS Joseph T Dickman

(USS Orizaba Ap-24 also sailed with Convoy though not pictured in photo)

1941/12/08 - Japan entered war by bombing Pearl Harbour and invading Malaya

18th Division diverted from Middle East and sent to Singapore

1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to Japanese


1943/08/23 - WO 417/65, Casualty List No. 1219. Previously posted Missing now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. I 26337

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/11/01 - Transported overland to Thailand with Letter Party ‘Q’, train 8.

26th train to Thailand with 650 PoWs

Included 18th Division R.A.S.C - 7 officers, 218 Ordinary Ranks

Commander Lt-Col. D.R Thomas, 5th Battalion, Beds. and Herts.

New PoW No. I 10584

Thailand Camps:-

1942/11/20 - Wang Yai - 74 kms from Nong Pladuk

Commander Lt-Col. Knight, Norfolk Regiment

(Andrew Snow:- Looks like he was a Driver working out of Wang Yai Group 1 attached to Group 4)

1943/06/16 - Kanchanaburi - 50kms from Nong Pladuk

Commander CSM Bugarie

1943/07/12 - Tha Makham - 56 kms from Nong Pladuk

Commander Brig. Varley, AIF

1944/01/31 - Nong Pladuk

Commander Col. Toosey, RA

1945/02/15 - Ubon Camp, North-East of Bangkok

Commander RSM McTavish

1942/08/30 - Liberated Ubon, Thailand

Liberation Questionnaire


1945/11/16 - WO417/99, Casualty List No. 1912. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1219 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



Alan Macbeth - Son

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Japanese Transports

Thailand-Burma Railway

Ubon Camp - Ray Withnall

Liberation Questionnaire

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/25, WO 345/32, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2069,


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