To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

Royal Army Ordinance Corps-tn


Lieutenant Colonel

Thomas Carr Whimster


1901/06/23 - Born Edmonton, London

Son of John and Elizabeth Whimster


WW1 Service

Thomas joined the Merchant Marine service towards the end of WW1 and as he was only 16, he gave his date of berth as a year earlier, 1900 and that date is shown on his Japanese Index card and his army record.

At one time Thomas was on a ship called the “Chen Chow”. He took radio operator exams (and was a radio ham through to the 1960s) and was at the relief of the White Russians at Archangel in 1919.


WW2 Service

Occupation Gas Salesman

1939/09/14 - Enlisted

Royal Army Ordnance Corps

14 Section


1942/03/24 - WO417/2, Casualty List No.779. Missing

1942/12/14 - WO417/004, Casualty List No. 1006. Previously shown on Casualty List No. 779 as reported Missing, 15/02/1942 with rank as Temporary Major. Now Prisoner of War


Japanese PoW

1942/02/15 - Captured, Singapore

1942/02/17 - Changi Camp (Commander Lt-Gen. Percival)

1942/10/19 - Red Valley Road, Singapore (Commander Lt-Col. Heath)

1943/01/03 - Changi Camp (Commander Col. Holmes)

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two



1943/03/28 - Transported with ‘E’ Force to Kuching, Borneo in the ‘Deklerk’

(The Deklerk was renamed Imaji Maru/Imbari Maru by the Japanese)

500 British under Command of Lt-Col. T.C. Whimster

Total PoWs 1,000 (included 500 Australians)

1943/04/01 - Kuching Camp

1945/08/17 - Kuching Hospital

1945/08/22 - Kuching Camp

Liberated Borneo


1945/11/03 - WO417/9, Casualty List No. 1901. Previously reported on Casualty List No. 1006 as Prisoner of War now Not Prisoner of War. Previous Theatre of War, Malaya.


The War Offices


The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services while Prisoners of War:-

Lt-Col. T.C. Whimster

Mentioned in recognition of gallant and distinguished services

Whilst a Prisoner of War


The London Gazette - 37720



Sylvia Herbert - Daughter

Japanese Transports

Atrocities - Roll of honour

Liberation Questionnaire - COFEPOW

Gallant and Distinguished Services

KEW Files:- WO 361/2065, WO 361/2025, WO 361/2181, WO 367/1, WO 361/2070, WO 392/26, WO 367/1, WO 345/55,


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