To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Peter Robert Starling


1920/05/26 Born Thetford, Norfolk

Son of Albert and Lilian Starling

Occupation Motor Driver

1939/05/05 - Enlisted

Royal Engineers

288th Field Company

18th Division HQ



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


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

PoW No. I 5899

Commander Col. E.B. Holmes

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1943/05/13 - Transported overland to Thailand with ‘H’ Force

80th Train from Singapore to Thailand

New PoW No. I 10106

Commander Lt.Col. R.R. Humphries, 77 H.A.A. Royal Artillery

1943/06/21 - Kannyu Jungle Camp -work at this camp was ‘Hammer and Chisel’, Hellfire Pass.

Various other camps in Thailand

1943/11/28 - Transported back to Singapore

Commander Col. E.B. Holmes

1945/09/02 - Liberated Changi




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Brian Sayer - Friend of Peter

Thailand-Burma Railway

Japanese Transport

COFEPOW Liberation Questionnaire - written by Peter

KEW:- WO 367/3, WO 392/26, WO 345/49, WO 361/1948, WO 361/2191, WO 361/2064, WO 361/2233, WO 361/2229,


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




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