To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Army Service Corps



George Priestman


1903/03/01 - Born: Birkdale Southport

Son of George Alfred Priestman

Occupation Decorator

Royal Army Service Corps

29 Combined Motor Transport Depot


1942/04/03 - WO 417/41, Casualty List No. 788. Missing

1943/09/22 - WO 417/66, Casualty List No 1245. Previously posted on Casualty List No 788 as Missing now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese POW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Changi Camp, Singapore

PoW No. M-337

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/10/25 - Transported overland with ‘X’ Letter Party to Thailand

650 PoW in group

17th Train from Singapore to Thailand

Commander Lt-Col. C.E. Morrison, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

1942/11/01 - Arrive Ban Pong, Thailand

New PoW No. 24536

1943/01/07 - George was sent to Chungkai, Thailand and remained there until 7 April 1943.

1943/10 - Lines joined at Konkoita

George’s Affidavit which was signed on 3rd April 1946, said he was Senior NCO of No 3 Company 2 Working Battalion which consisted of 3 officers and 81 men. The company returned from building bridges in Thailand  on 16th March 1944.

New PoW No. 13153


Kanchanaburi -  PoW’s Line up For a Meal


George as indicated by an arrow

1945/08/30 - Liberated Thailand


1945/11/16 - WO417/99, Casualty List No. 1912. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1245 (Corrected by Casualty List No. 1415) 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



Age 46

12th January 1950

as a result of the horrors he endured during his time in captivity


Loved Ones

Ethel wife of George and daughter Ethel.

Grandchildren Jean and Carol who are the children of George’s daughter Ethel.


Notes from Grand daughter Jean:-

He was already 39 when he was captured so I imagine it was very hard for him (and everyone else of that age). He had already been at Dunkirk, so being captured at that age must have been dreadful. I remember seeing a letter that was sent to my grandma shortly after his death, by a fellow prisoner from the Wirral who said that he was always there for his men and suffered badly for it. I believe he had dreadful nightmares right until his death. I was born in 1947 so don't really remember him, but still have the photos and this letter:-


Copy of Letter

........Pensby Road

Heswall, Cheshire

16th January 1950

Dear Mrs Priestman

I hope you will allow me to send my condolences, upon the sad bereavement of George. I read of the tragedy in tonight’s Liverpool Echo.

I was one of George’s company, the 29 C.M.T.D. and George was my Sergeant for a long time, whilst we were prisoners. He was a great fellow, and was respected by all who knew him.

I am so sorry for what has happened; unfortunately for too many of us,  neurosis has haunted us.

My wife and I send our kindest regards, and although this will not be of any help, in many respects, we do wish to say our words are sincere.

Yours sincerely

P.V. Smith

Letter from:-

 Percy Victor Smith

Private S/13040758

Royal Army Service Corps

29 Combined Motor Transport Depot

Born 1915/11/17


Rest in Peace George



Jean Birch - Granddaughter

Japanese Transports

Thailand Burma Railway

KEW Files:- WO 361/2172, WO 345/48, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2196, WO 361/2064, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2069, WO 392/26


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