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Fred Stimpson


1919/09/20 - Born

Royal Artillery

30/3 H.A.A. Regt.


Japanese PoW

1942/03/08 - Captured Sumatra

PoW No. 3473

1942/05/09 - British Sumatra Battalion under A,A Apthorpe

The British Sumatra Battalion was formed on the 9th May 1942 with 20 officers and 480 other ranks. The service personnel were mostly escapees and considered to be trouble makers.

Leaving Padang, Sumatra by train they travelled to Fort de Kok. The next day a convoy of lorries took them to Uni Kampong Camp, where Dutch civilians were interned. On the 15th May they were packed into the hell ship ‘England Maru’ bound for Mergui, Burma, to build new runways, the death rate at Mergui was twelve.

The 10th of August saw another move on the hell ship ‘Tatu Maru’ to Ann Hestletine Home at Tavoy, where the death rate fell to five.

The next move to Thanbyuzayat in November was the start of a hard toil on the Thailand to Burma railway.

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


New PoW No. 15280



Age 23


Stimpson-Fred-Death report

Cause of Death - Amoebic Dysentery, Abscess on liver

Place of Death - Thanbyuzayat



Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery

B6. L. 18.





British Sumatra Battalion

Thailand to Burma Railway

Commonwealth War Graves - CWGC

KEW:- WO 361/1987, WO 361/2168, WO 361/2188, WO 361/2192, WO 361/2172, WO 361/2064, WO 361/1624/1, WO 345/49, WO 361/1955


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