Thomas Evans Scott
1921/03/21 - Born Glasgow, Scotland
Son of John and Josephine Scott
1939/04/28 - Enlisted
240/77 Heavy Ack Ack
Left Gun Site, Western Avenue, Cardiff in preparation for going overseas.
1941/12/08 - Depart Greenock
(Pearl Harbour Bombed)
1941/12/24 - Arrive Freetown
1941/12/25 - Depart Freetown
1941/12/31 - Arrive Cape Town
1942/01/04 - Depart Cape Town
1942/02/04 - Arrive Batavia (Jakarta)
1942/02/15 - Depart Batavia
1942/02/18 - Arrive Surabaya
1942/02/28 - Depart Surabaya
1942/03/02 - Arrive Gun Site
1942/03/08 - Java Surrendered to the Japanese
1942/03/08 - Captured Gun Site, Java
1942/04/08 - Arrive Boei Glodock Camp (Batavia)
1942/04/18 - Arrive Tanjong Priok Camp (Batavia)
Sick with Dengue fever and Malaria
Transferred to Mater Dolorosa Hospital (St Vicentius Convent) with Jaundice
Left convent for Bicycle camp for two weeks recuperation then back to Tanjong Priok
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/04/18 - Departed Tanjong Priok
1942/05/15 - Arrive Ambon
Work involved building runways. PoWs were going blind due to the effects of working in the sun with the glare off the Coral sand.
1944/01/07 - Depart Ambon for Java
1944/05/19 - Transported from Java to Singapore in Kiska Maru with Java Party 20
Total party of 800 PoWs
1944/05/21 - Arrived Singapore
Japan Party 1 was formed in convoy HO-02 consisting of twelve ships including four escorts. It was also known as the Bauxite Convoy.
Four of the cargo ships carried PoWs:-
Miyo Maru (800 Pows from Java Party 20)
Hozan Maru (451 PoWs also carried bauxite)
Hiyoki Maru (450 PoWs also carried bauxite)
Kokusei Maru (456 PoWs holds contained bauxite)
1944/06/03 - HO-02 sailed from Singapore to Japan via Philippines
Japan Party 20 were in the Miyo Maru
1944/06/06 - 160 miles E.S.E of Cape St. Jacques, Indo-China, USS Raton (SS-270) attacked the convoy. At 2225 hours an escort was sunk and USS Raton received damage.
1944/ 06/11 - Arrived Manila, the Tamahoko Maru loaded 7,500 tons of copper ore into her holds and joined the convoy
1944/06/14 - Sailed from Manila in a convoy of six ships
1944/06/15 - The convoy ran into a typhoon which caused damage to the Miyo Maru
1944/06/18 - Reached Takao, Taiwan.
PoW’s from the Miyo Maru were transferred from the Miyo Maru into two holds in the Tamahoko Maru
1944/06/20 - HO-02 convoy sailed out of Takao, Taiwan, accompanied by escorts.
1944/06/21 - Stopped over at Keeling, the convoy then headed for Japan.
1944/06/24 - Three US submarines, Tang, Tinosa, and Shark II attacked the convoy off the Japanese coast, 40 miles S.W. of Nagasaki. The Tamahoko Maru was hit and sank with the loss of 560 POWs out of the 772 PoWs on board.
1944/06/25 - The survivors were taken to Fukuoka 14B - Nagasaki
Camp No. XIV 6424
Worked for Iron Foundry, Mitsubishi Steel Works
In June transferred to the Omine coalmines at Fukuoka 5B, for about a month.
7 PoWs died in the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb explosion and 1 more in an Allied bombing raid.
On arriving back at Fukuoka 14B the devastation of the bombing of Nagasaki was seen.
1945/09/22 - Liberated Fukuoka 14B
By ship - Manilla - America - Canada - Southampton
Roger Mansell - Fukuoka 14B
WWII People’s War - BBC
KEW Files:- WO 361/1742, WO 361/1742, WO 361/1742, WO 392/26, WO 345/46, WO 361/2009, WO 361/1254, WO 361/2220,