To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Norman Baird Robson


1915/02/21 - Born Newcastle-on-Tyne

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

2nd Battalion


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. 1469

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card -Side Two


Transported to Thailand with 2 Group

New PoW No. 44228

Transported in the Ho¨foku Maru (also named Toyofuku Maru), which was sailing from Singapore to Miri, Borneo as part of convoy SHIMI-05. The convoy consisted of 10 ships, 5 of which carried, in total, 5,000 POWs, all in appalling conditions.

At Borneo, the Ho¨foku Maru left the convoy with engine problems, and sailed on to the Philippines, arriving on 19th July. She remained in Manila until mid-September while the engines were repaired. The POWs remained on board, suffering terribly from disease, hunger, and thirst.

On September 20, 1944, the Ho¨foku Maru and 10 other ships formed Convoy MATA-27, and sailed from Manila to Japan. The following morning, the convoy was attacked 80 miles north of Corregidor by more than 100 American carrier planes. All eleven ships in the convoy were sunk. Of those on the Ho¨foku Maru, 1,047 of the 1,289 British and Dutch POWs on board died.



Age 29


Died at sea when Hofoku Maru was sunk by Allied planes


Loved Ones

Husband of A. Robson, of Newcastle-on-Tyne.



Column 83.

Singapore Memorial


Hell Ships

Hell in Five

KEW:- WO 361/758, WO 361/1742, WO 361/2057, WO 361/2005, WO 345/44, WO 392/26, WO 361/2167, WO 361/758


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