To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Alexander Smith Ness


1910/08/24 - Born Dundee

Son of William and Mary Ness

1940/01/16 - Enlisted

Royal Engineers

560 Field Company

18th 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


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

1943/09/20 - WO 417/66, Casualty List No 1243. Previously posted on Casualty List No 793 as Missing now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

1942/02/17 - Chamgi, Singapore

PoW No. M-5641

1943/03/15 - River Valley, Singapore

1942/12/24 - Changi, Singapore

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/03/23 - Transported overland with ‘D’ Force to Thailand

57th Train from Singapore to Thailand

Commander Lt-Col. G.G. Carpenter, 1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment

1943/03/27 - Arrived Ban Pong, Thailand

New PoW No. IV 15297


Non Pladuk

1944/08/24 - Tha Muang

1945/02/20 - Nakam Nai

New PoW No. 11934

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand


1945/11/08 - WO417/99, Casualty List No. 1905. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1243 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Keith Ness - Grandson

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand Burma Railway

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 361/2170, WO 361/2172, WO 392/25, WO 345/38, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2191, WO 361/2070,


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