Leslie Francis Denman May
1916/07/11 - Born London
Son of Dr George Francis and Dorothy (née Croft) May
(Dr George Francis May of Co. Durham mental hospital)
1930 to 1935 - Leslie attended Epsom College
Served in the Territorials with the City of London based Honourable Artillery Company
1938 - Left Liverpool for Singapore on board the ‘Aeneas’, for a post at Joseph Travers and Sons in the Far East, travelling 1st class as a Clerk, aged 21.
(Line - THE BLUE FUNNEL LINE)
Straits Settlement Volunteer Force
1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/10/24 - Transported overland to Thailand
16th train from Singapore with 650 PoWs
Commander P.S.F. Jackson, R.A. 7th Coast Rgt.
Transported back to Singapore
1944/09/06 - Transported in Kachidoki Maru with convoy HI-72, destination Japan. With 900 PoWs on board. Japan Party Three.
New PoW No. IV 43135
1944/09/12 - Attacked at 21.50 hrs off East Hainon Island and sunk by USS Pampanito
Leslie died in the sinking of the ship
In the sinking of the Kachidoki Maru
A memorial with his name on is at the City of London church St Mary Abchurch, in Abchurch Lane, just off Cannon Street.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
KEW:- WO 361/2005, WO 361/1742, WO 361/2057, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2062, WO 392/25, WO 345/35,