James Ian Macbeth
1921/09/27 - Born Lossiemouth, Morayshire
1941/06/24 - Enlisted
Royal Army Service Corps
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Alan Macbeth - Son
Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre
Ubon Camp - Ray Withnall
KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/25, WO 345/32, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2069,