To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”




Burnham Taylor


1918/12/18 - Born Hatfield

Occupation Turf Citter

1937/10/17 - Enlisted

Sufolk Regiment

5th Battalion



1941/09/09 - Tropical kit was issued and orders were to proceed to Liverpool.

Reina del Pacifico. P.S.N-2

Reno Del Pacifico

1941/10/30 - The 5th Suffolk Battalion together with the 18th Division HQ sailed in the Reno Del Pacifico from Liverpool in Convoy CT.5.


USS Wakefield

Arriving at Halifax 8th November the men were then moved across to the transport ship tied along side, the 27,000 ton Wakefield.

1941/11/10- The voyage continued with six American troopships, two cruisers, eight destroyers and the aircraft carrier Ranger,  the Convoy William Sail 12X  was under way, destination still unknown.

Convoy William Sail 12x

Above Photo 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)


The convoy passed through the Mona Passage between Puerto Rico and St Domingo, arriving at Trinidad on 17th November in glorious sunshine so the tropical kit came out, but unfortunately no shore-leave. Left after two days of taking on supplies.

1941/11/24 - The convoy crossed the equator, there was a crossing the line ceremony.


Crossing the Line Ceremony Certificate

After a month the convoy arrived at Cape Town, South Africa.

1941/12/08 -  The Americans were in the war as the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbour and attacked Malaya and the rumours were that they were heading for the Far East and not the Middle East as first thought.

1941/12/13 - The convoy left Cape Town and sailed along the coast of East Africa past Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean heading for Bombay.

1941/12/27 - After 17,011 miles at sea Bombay was reached.

1942/01/17 - Embarked back onto the Wakefield. The convoy sailed the next day with a British escort, the H.M.S. Exeter and H.M.S. Glasgow with British and Australian destroyers. As Japan had entered the war, destination was the far East. The Prince of Wales and the Repulse had both been sunk by the Japanese off Malaya. Passing Colombo, (Ceylon), crossing the equator for the third time, the convoy passed through the Sundra Straits between Java and Samatra and then the Banka Straits. The convoy was then bombed by Jap Planes, there was no damage.

1942/01/29 - The Wakefield was the first of our convoy to reach the safety of Keppel Harbour, Singapore. Ships were ablaze in the harbour, clouds of smoke drifted across the sky and the smell of fumes was overpowering, this was not the best of greetings. The Japanese had taken most of Malaya in the last three weeks and were only thirty miles away from Singapore.


1942/02/15 - Singapore surrendered to the Japanese


1942/04/13 - WO 417/42, Casualty List No. 811. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/08/10 - WO 417/64, Casualty List No. 1208. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 811 as Missing. Now reported a ‘Prisoner of War’.


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured Singapore

Sime Road

PoW No. M-2937

Joapanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/10/17 - Transported overland to Thailand with Sime Road 1 Party, train 1

13th train to Thailand with 650 PoWs

New PoW No. I 26180

Chungkai, 60km from Nong Pladuk

Kanchanaburi, 52km from Nong Pladuk

Kannyu 3, 150km from Nong Pladuk

Chungkai:- 60km from Nong Pladuk

New PoW No. I 15574

Nong Pladuk

New Wharf B, Bangkok

1945/08/31 - Liberated Thailand



Flown from Bangkok to Rangoon to recuperate


1945/09 - Rangoon, Burnham Taylor is front row, 2nd from left.

Shipped home to UK


1945/09/18 - WO417/97_1, Casualty List No. 1861. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 1208 as reported Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Ivy Brooks - Granddaughter

Andrew Snow - Thailand Burma Railway

Mike Heather

Glenda Godfrey

Convoy William Sail 12X

Japanese Transports

Thailand -Burma Railway

KEW Files:- WO 392/26, WO 345/50, WO 361/2172, WO 361/1955, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2064, WO 361/2166,


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