To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Harold Eric Roelich


1917/07/08 - Born Doncaster

Son of Walter Allan and Marie Evelyn Roelich

Royal Corps of Signals

Hong Kong Signal Company


1942/02/21 - WO 417/37, Casualty List No. 724. Missing

1942/07/31 - WO 417/47, Casualty List No. 890. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 724 as Missing. Now Prisoner of War


Japanese PoW

1941/12/25 - Captured Hong Kong

PoW No. 2794

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Lisbon Maru-2

1942/09/27 - Left Shamshuipo Camp and sailed from , Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru

On the third day at sea Diptheria broke out.

1942/10/01 - A noise like air rushing out of a tyre woke the sleeping PoWs and they realised a torpedo had just missed the ship. A few minutes later there was a loud explosion and the ships engines stopped.

Lisbon Maru map2

The submarine, USS Grouper SS-214 had attacked and hit the Lisbon Maru.

At 7.30pm the Japanese destroyer ‘Kure’ and the Toyokuni Maru took of all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.

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1942/10/02 - Lisbon Maru sunk

Chinese fishing boats picked up survivors and landed them at Woosung, Nr. Shanghai. They were later transported to Japan.

Osaka 1B Camp, Japan

1945/09/08 - Liberated Osaka 1B , Age 28


1945/10/17 - WO417/98, Casualty List No. 1886. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 890 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Hong Kong.



Vicky Finch

Tony Banham’s books:-

    ‘Not the Slightest Chance’

     ‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’

     ‘We Shall Suffer There’

KEW Files:-  WO 345/44, WO 392/26, WO 361/1744, WO 392/26, WO 361/1779, WO 361/1744, WO 361/1744/2, CO 980/138, WO 361/1963,


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