To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”




Michael Yore


1909/04/04 - Born Co. Durham

Son of Matthew and Mary Yore

Occupation Miner


Next of kin - Mrs M Dawson, 21 Collie Road, Bedford

Suffolk Regiment

5th Battalion



5th Suffolks-tn

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 the 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


1942/04/29 - WO 417/42, Casualty List No 810. Reported ‘Missing’.

1943/05/08 - Casualty List No 1129. Previously posted on Casualty List No 810 as Missing now reported Prisoner of War.


Japanese PoW

1945/02/15 - Captured

PoW No. M-7098

Japanese Index Card - Side One


Japanese Index Card - Side Two


1942/10/28 - Transported oversea in England Maru to Taiwan with ‘Special Party’ (Japan Party 6)

New PoW No. IV 2935

Transported to Taiwan

1942/11/14 - Heito No.3 Camp

1943/05/03 - Kinkaseki No.1 Camp

1943/11/08 - Taihoku No.6 camp

 1945/02/ - Transported to Japan in Taiko Maru

1945/03/10 - Arrived Moji, Japan

1945/03/13 - Hakodate 2B Akahira Camp

(167 British - 114 Americans)

1945/06/05 - Akahira Closed transferred to Hakidate 2B Sorachi camp

1945/09/16 - Liberated

Returned to Uk and lived Bath Somerset England.


1946/01/23 - WO417/101, Casualty List No.1967. Previously shown on Casualty List No.1129 as Prisoner of War “ Malaya. Now Not Prisoner of War.




1939-1945 Star-tn

Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star



Age 49




Michael J Roberts

Japanese Transport

Never Forgotten - Taiwan PoWs

Brothers in Arms

‘Kinkaseki - One Day at a Time’ by Arthur Titherington (Book)

KEW:- WO 392/26, WO 345/58, WO 361/1968, WO 361/1969, WO 361/1969, WO 361/2065, WO 361/2179,


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