To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Gunner

Ronald John Sinfield

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1918/09/09 - Born Luton, Bedfordshire

Son of John and Elsie Winifred Sinfield

Occupation Labourer

Next of Kin - Wife: Eve D, 197 Biscot Road, Luton, Bedfordshire

Royal Artillery

148 Field Regiment (Bedfordshire Yeomanry)

18th Division

 

Service

The 148 Field Regiment were a Bedfordshire Territorial Regiment of the Royal Artillery.

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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.

Convoy William Sail 12x

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.

 

Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. 3096

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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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)

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Died

Age 25

1945/03/28

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’.

 

Loved Ones

Son of John and Elsie Sinfield, of Luton, Bedfordshire. Husband of Eva Doris Sinfield, of Luton.

 

Memorial

Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

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Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

 

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Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star

 

UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN

 

Information

Paul Harrison - Great Grandson

Matt Stanyard

Tim Lloyds

Glenda Godfrey

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway Centre

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand-Burma Railway

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,

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