To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Walter Stanley Newberry


1915/11/28 - Born Stevenage, Hertfordshire

Royal Artillery

135 (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) 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 the Japanese


1942/04/10 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 794. Reported ‘Missing’

1943/04/29 - WO 417/60, Casualty List No. 1121. Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. 794, 15/02/1942 now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Changi Camp

PoW No. M-979

Commander Col. Toosey

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/06/19 - Tranported with June Mainland Pary to Thailand, Train 1

1st train to Thailand with 600 PoWs

Commander Major R.S. Sykes, RASC, 18th Division

New PoW No. I 11944

Camps in Thailand:-

1942/07/19 - Nong Pladuk

Commander Col. Gill

October 1942/10/26 - Walter is likely to have moved to Tha Makham to help build the Bridge with his commander Lt-Col. Toosey in  then returned to Nong Pladuk later in 1943.

1944/10/16 - Yongthi Bridge 213km from Nong Pladuk (a wooden bridge in between Prang kasi and Tha Khanun)

Commander Captain Captain Edward Young Dobson, 1st Leicestershire Regiment

Railway Maintenance

1944/01/13 - Back to Nong Pladuk

1945/02/28 Arrived Ubon Camp

PoW No. I 24492

Worked on Aerodrome construction.

1945/05/01 - Admitted to Hospital with Malaria.

Medical Diary 4  (Page 391, Rec.No. 17336)

1945/05/03 - Discharge from Hospital

1945/08/30 - Liberated Ubon, Thailand

Liberation Questionnaire


1945/10/27 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1895. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1121 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


Post War




Age 72


Cause of Death Liver Failure



Andy Curtis - Grandson

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand-Burma Railway

Ubon Camp

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 345/38, WO 361/2196, WO 392/25, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2187, WO 361/2062,


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