Ronald John Sinfield
1918/09/09 - Born Luton, Bedfordshire
Son of John and Elsie Winifred Sinfield
Next of Kin - Wife: Eve D, 197 Biscot Road, Luton, Bedfordshire
148 Field Regiment (Bedfordshire Yeomanry)
The 148 Field Regiment were a Bedfordshire Territorial Regiment of the Royal Artillery.
Ronald is centre front, 1938
1940 - The regiment were stationed in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk defending the coast against a supposed German invasion, with WW1 18lb guns. On reciving new 25lb guns the regiment went to Larkhill for a firing camp on the range at Salisbury Plain.
1941 - The next move was to the Scottish borders at Hawick where the weather of January to March restricted outdoor monouvers. In May the regiment was moved to Rochdale where they trained till July. In August the regiment moved to Monmouth where training intensified.
1941/10/30 - The regiment had been moved to Liverpool where they embarked on various ships with the 18th Division.
1941/10/30 - Left Liverpool for Halifax in Convoy CT.5.
1941/11/08 - At Halifax transferred to American liners
1941/11/10 - Left Halifax with Convoy William Sail 12X, destination unknown, believed to be Middle East.
Above Photo of Convoy William Sail 12X supplied by the late Maurice Rooney
Vought SB 2U Vindicator Scout Bomber - USS Ranger which was flying an Anti Submarine patrol over the convoy.
Front Line Top to Bottom:-
USS West Point - USS Mount Vernon - USS Wakefield - USS Quincy (Heavy Cruiser)
Back Row Top To Bottom:-
USAT Leonard Wood - USS Vincennes (Heavy Cruiser) - USS Joseph T Dickman
(USS Orizaba Ap-24 also sailed with Convoy though not pictured in photo)
1941/12/08 - Japan entered war by bombing Pearl Harbour and invading Malaya
18th Division diverted from Middle East and sent to Singapore
1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to Japanese
1942/04/22 - WO 417/42, Casualty List No. 804. Reported ‘Missing’
1943/09/02 - WO 417/65, Casualty List No. 1228. Previously reported Missing on Casualty List No. 804, 15/02/1942 now reported Prisoner of War.
1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore
PoW No. 3096
Japanese Index Card - Side One
Japanese Index Card - Side Two
1942/10/14 - Transported overland to Thailand with River Valley Road Party, train 5
11th train to Thailand with 390 PoWs
Work Group 4 and 2, 09 (F) Bn
New PoW No. II 17031
Information on camps from Andrew Snow (Thailand Burma Railway Centre)
Movements of 09 (F) Bn would be Tha Sao, Wang Pho, Tonchan South and Kinsaiyok. Why he was at Ni Thea in March 43 is not known, but probably railway maintenance.
New PoW No. II 14572
Died at Nikki (Ni Thea)
Nikki (Ni Thea), Thailand
Cause of death Beriberi and Malaria
Buried Nikki (Ni Thea), Thailand
After the war Ronald was re-interred in a Commonwealth War Cemetery
1946/01/29 - WO417/101, Casualty List No.1972. Previously shown on Casualty List No.1228 as Prisoner of War - Malaya. Reported ‘Died’.
Son of John and Elsie Sinfield, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Husband of Eva Doris Sinfield, of Luton.
B3. A. 2.
Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Paul Harrison - Great Grandson
Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre
Convoy William Sail 12X
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
KEW Files:- WO 361/1624/1, WO 392/26, WO 345/47, WO 361/2169, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2064, WO 361/2188, WO 361/2172, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2160, WO 361/241,