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Royal Army Service Corps



John Robert Owen


1917/05/27 - Born Portmadoc, Caernarvonshire, Wales

Son of John and Kate Owen

Occupation Driver

1940/02/15 - Enlisted

Royal Army Service Corps

18th Division




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.

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


1942/04/03 - 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.


Japanese PoW

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


Liberation Questionnaire


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.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Arwel Owen - Son
Convoy William Sail 12X
Japanese Transport
Thailand-Burma Railway
Liberation Questionnaire - Supplied by Arwel Owen

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,


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