To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”



Private (Bandsman)

Leslie Charles Short


1914/10/18 - Born Plymouth, Devon

Son of Edwin and Kate Short




Laira Primary School, Plymouth

Laira Primary School, Plymouth

Laira Primary School, Plymouth




Next of kin: Mrs Short, St. Ive Cross, Liskeard, Cornwall

Middlesex Regiment

1st Battalion


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).


Japanese PoW

1941/12/19 - Captured Hong Kong

Shamshuipo Camp

PoW No. 571

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


Lisbon Maru-2

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.

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 off all the Japanese except a machine gun crew who had their gun trained on the Battened down hold.

Lisbon Maru - 1tn

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.



Age 27

Between 1st and 2nd October 1942

In the Sinking of the Lisbon Maru




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star


Loved Ones

Son of Edwin Charles and Georgina Kate Short, of St. Ive Cross, Cornwall, England.



Sai Wan War Cemetery

Column 16.

Sai Wan Memorial



Heather Trim

Doreen Cardew

Lisbon Maru

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,


''Our Thanks are for being a Chapter in Life.''




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