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Charles Henry Palmer


1919/02/23 - Born Belper, Derbyshire

Son of Charles and Dorothy Palmer

Occupation Woodworker

Next of kin:- Parents, Charles William and Dorothy Grace Palmer, of Belper, Derbyshire.

Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

1/5th Battalion

18th Division



The 1/5th (Derbyshire) Battalion was a Territorial Army formation originally serving with the 148th Infantry Brigade, part of the 49th (West Riding) Infantry Division. In December 1939, the battalion was reassigned to the 25th Infantry Brigade and saw service with the BEF in France and Belgium in 1940 and being evacuated at Dunkirk. In late 1940, it was again reassigned to the 55th Infantry Brigade, 18th Infantry Division.


1941/10/30 - The 1/5 Sherwood Foresters left Britain in ‘Orcades’ with Convoy CT.5 from Liverpool to Halifax

Final Destination Unknown

1941/11/08 - Arrived Halifax

USS West Point-3

1941/11/10 - Transferred to USS West Point and departed Halifax in Convoy William Sail 12X

Convoy William Sail 12X continued with six American troopships, two cruisers, eight destroyers and the aircraft carrier Ranger,  the Convoy William Sail 12X  was under way, destination still unknown.

Convoy William Sail 12x

(Above Photo supplied by the late Maurice Rooney)

Vought SB 2U Vindicator Scout Bomber - USS Ranger which was flying an Anti Submarine patrol over the convoy.

Ships Front Line Top to Bottom

USS West Point - USS Mount Vernon - USS Wakefield - USS Quincy (Heavy Cruiser)

The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo.

1941/11/17 - Arrived at Trinidad in glorious sunshine so troops changed to tropical kit, but no shore-leave, left Trinidad after two days of taking on supplies.

1941/11/24 -  The equator was crossed, there was a crossing the line ceremony.

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa. By this time the 1941/12/08 - Americans were in the war as the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour and attacked Malaya and the rumours were that they were heading for the Far East and not the Middle East as first thought.

1941/12/13 - The convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay.

1941/12/27 - After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached.


1942/01/18 - The convoy sailed with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. Destination was the far East. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Samatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Japanese Planes, there was no damage.

1942/01/29 - The convoy reached the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore.  Ships were ablaze in the harbour, clouds of smoke drifted across the sky and the smell of fumes was overpowering, this was not the best of greetings. The Japanese had taken most of Malaya in the last three weeks and were only thirty miles away from Singapore.


1942/04/07 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 791. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/06/11 - WO 417/62, Casualty List No.1158. Previously shown on Casualty List No.791 as Missing, 15/02/1942. Now reported a ‘Prisoner of War’.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. IV 1817

Japanese Index Card One - Side One


Japanese Index Card One - Side Two


Japanese Index Card 2 - Side One


Japanese Index Card Two - Side Two


1942/10/14 - Transported overland to Thailand, train 5

11th train to Thailand with 390 PoWs

Group 4 08. (B) Battalion

New PoW No. IV 12374

Thailand Camps:

Tha Sao, 125km from Nong Pladuk

Wang Pho, 111.50km from Nong Pladuk

Chungkai, 60km from Nong Pladuk

Tha Muang, 38.90km from Nong Pladuk

Nong Pladuk

Nakhon Pathom, 15km from Nong Pladuk towards Bangkok

Transported to Mergui Road, Thailand-Burma

This was a Japanese relief road in case the railway was bombed for supplies and an escape route.



Age 26


Cause of Death Rickettsia and Malaria

Place of Death Mergui Road, 12km Camp Cemetery

Pratchapkirkan Grave No. 034


Loved Ones

Son of Charles William and Dorothy Grace Palmer, of Belper, Derbyshire




6. E. 27.



Palmer-Charles Henry - Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Site Plan






1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Philip Pickering - Uncle

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transport

Thailand - Burma Railway

Roll of Honour - Mergui Road

Commonwealth War Grave Commission

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 345/39, WO 345/39, WO 361/2196, WO 392/25, WO 361/1987, WO 361/1623, WO 361/1623, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2235, WO 361/2178,


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