Leslie Charles Short
1914/10/18 - Born Plymouth, Devon
Son of Edwin and Kate Short
Next of kin: Mrs Short, St. Ive Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall
1942/01/27 - WO 417/37, Casualty List No. 731. Reported ‘Missing’.
1942/08/06 - WO 417/47, Casualty List No 895. Previously shown on Casualty List No 731 as Missing. ''PD/CL 1596/37'' handwritten on original source. Now reported a ‘Prisoner of War’.
1943/01/14 - WO 417/56, Casualty List No. 1032. Previous casualty list No. 895. Previously reported Prisoner of War in Hong Kong, now Reported ‘Missing’.
1944/11/04 - WO417/84, Casualty List No. 1595. Previously reported missing whilst Prisoner of War on Casualty List No.1032. Now presumed Killed in action whilst Prisoner of War in Japanese hands. Date of Casualty recorded 01/02/10/1942 on original source. (Previously shown with rank as Company Sergeant Major).
1941/12/19 - Captured Hong Kong
PoW No. 571
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/09/27 - Sailed from Hong Kong in the Lisbon Maru
On the third day at sea Diphtheria 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.
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 off all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.
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.
Between 1st and 2nd October 1942
In the Sinking of the Lisbon Maru
Son of Edwin Charles and Georgina Kate Short, of St. Ive Cross, Cornwall, England.
Sai Wan Memorial
Books by Tony Banham:-
‘Not the Slightest Chance - The defence of Hong Kong’
‘The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru’
‘We Shall Suffer There - Hong Kong Defenders Imprisoned 1941-1945’
Commonwealth War Grave Commission
KEW Files:- WO 392/26, WO 345/47, WO 361/1744/2,