John Robert Owen
1917/05/27 - Born Portmadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales
Son of John and Kate Owen
1940/02/15 - Enlisted
Royal Army Service Corps
Back row- Williams, Smith, Lawrence, Grimes, Owen(Dad) & Cheek
Middle row- Heart, Rogers, Humphreys & Marriot
Front row- Peters, Sgt.Cleve, Job & Lewis
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
1942/04/03 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 788. Missing.
1942/05/05 - WO 417/42, Casualty List No. 815. Original source quotes "Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. ??? now Not Missing, 15/02/1942".
1942/05/13 - WO 417/43, Casualty List No. 822. Previously reported Missing now Not Missing. Previously on Casualty List No. 78?, 15/02/1942. Correction to entry on casualty List No. 815. Entry should be deleted. (Soldier still Missing).
1943/10/21 - WO417/67, Casualty List No.1270. Previously shown on Casualty List No.788 as Missing, 15/02/1942. Now a Prisoner of War.
1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore
PoW No. M5038
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/11/01 - Transported overland to Thailand in ‘Q’ Letter Party, train 8
24th Train from Singapore to Thailand
Commander Lt-Col D.R. Thomas, 5th Battalion, Beds & Herts Regiment
New PoW No. IV 921
Work Party 4
1942/11/11 - Tha Sao, Thailand (125km from Nong Pladuk)
(Commander Lt-Col. Knights)
1943/10/08 - Kloeng Krai, Thailand (250 km from Nong Pladuk)
(Commander Major McWade)
1943/10/ - After rails met near Konkoita
1944/04/27 - Tha Maung, Thailand (38.9km from Nong Pladuk)
(Commander Lt-Col. Knights)
1945/02/07 - Takura, Thailand (Commander RSM Osbourne)
New PoW No. IV 12315
1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand
1945/11/06 - WO417/99, Casualty List No. 1903. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1270 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.
Arwel Owen - Son
KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 392/25, WO 345/39, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2062,