To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Gunner (Motor Mechanic)

Joseph Francis Silver


1915/09/08 - Born Preston, Lancs.

Son of Joseph and Ada Silver

Occupation Fitter

1933/04 - Enlisted

Royal Artillery

88 Field Regiment




88th Field Regiment in France 1940

By Desmond Bettany

Provided by Keith Bettany under Copyright

Joseph was in the T.A at Kimberley barracks in Preston so one of the first into France and one of the last to leave via Dunkirk.

1941/11/28 - Arrived Singapore on the ‘Empress of Canada’, via Freetown, Cape Town, and Colombo, Ceylon.

Empress of Canada

Transported to Mantin, Malaya, which is about 27 miles south of Kuala Lumpur, and became part of the 11th Indian Division with twenty-four 25 pounder guns. The three batteries were sent to Ipoh, Alor Star and Kuantan, on the east Coast of Malaya. The Kuantan Battery was later moved to the West Coast, North of Kuala Lumpur. Slowly retreating down to Singapore.


1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese.


1942/04/18 - WO 417/42, Casualty List No. 801. Missing

1943/08/11 - WO 417/64, Casualty List No. 1209. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 801 as Missing, now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15  - Captured Singapore

Changi PoW Camp

PoW No. II 1649

Commander Col. Edward Barklay Holmes, 5904,

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/04 - Towner Road Camp, Singapore

Commander Lt-Col. Sylvian Claude D’aubuz, 15284, R.A.



English - Soldier



1942/11 - Serangoon Road, Malai 2

Commander Lt-Col. Eric Charles Prattley, 13087

1942/12 - Returned to Changi from Malai 2,

1943/09/10 - Included in Roll at Changi

Commander Col. Edward Barklay Holmes, 5904,

New PoW No. 9702

Joseph was involved with the concerts held at Changi as stage carpenter, technician, sets or construction as depicted in this program of the ‘Androcles and the Lion’ a March 1943 production at Changi, Joseph is Stage Carpenter.



Program by Desmond Bettany

Provided by Keith Bettany under Copyright

Joseph was a very practical man could turn his hand to anything required for the Changi concerts.

1945/09/05 - On Nominal Roll Changi

1945/11/02 - Liberated Changi


1945/12/15 - WO417/100, Casualty List No. 1937. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1209 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.


Post War

1946 - Married Elizabeth Waddington in Preston

1947/01/11 - ‘Z’ (T) Res.

1948 - Son Joe born

1951/10/01 - To R.E.M.E



Joe Silver - Eldest son of Joseph

Lance Bombardier Desmond Bettany by Keith Bettany by Desmond Bettany

88th Field Regiment in Malaya by Brigadier Goodman

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

KEW:- WO 367/3, WO 361/2188, WO 361/2229, WO 361/1948, WO 392/26, WO 345/47, WO 361/2064, WO 417/42,


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