I favoured this greatly as it gave protection from the weather (the men having to work in all weathers) as well as lighter jobs and I tried to get men to take on this semi-skilled work, irrespective of any previous experience or not, but still the Dutch got more men on this work than was their share, and I protested often and had to keep my eyes wide open to get fair play. This smuggling was also necessary in order to get capital to buy food outside and smuggle that in for use on rice. Drake iv (Prisoner of War) – 2nd March 1942 to 28th February 1946 . HMS EXETER UNDERGOES TRIALS. “BONAVENTURE” at BRUNEI, for possible further operations with “X.E.” craft. Many had been weakened by a long period in the water. D.S. This entry was posted in News & Views on March 1, 2017 by gsl. british prisoners of war - 1942-45 Caution: This list has not been thoroughly proof read. The destroyer's captain Lt Cdr Eric Morgan, ordered the ship scuttled to prevent her capture by the Japanese. She was later used as a barracks ship and then a prison ship in Northern Ireland. Why the Officers were sent I never discovered but I believe it was due to an arrangement between Headquarters and YOSHIDA to save working hands and also as a punishment for some essays we had previously written in which we reiterated, in no mean terms, our complete confidence in the ultimate victory of our armed force. September 30th – Persistent head winds having been encountered, did not arrive FREMANTLE until 1300, about 3 hours late, and proceeded to berth at NORTH WHARF astern of “ADAMANT”. We all regret that we have been unable to assist the National effort during this period but I would like to state on behalf of all officers and men that we are once again ready for service. About half were employed thus but did more damage than repairs. Owing to a heavy swell only one or at the most two submarines could be had alongside at a time for provisioning and fuelling: this persisted with heavy continuous rain for several days. “ANSON” (Rear Admiral Daniel) was clearly visible to seaward, air covers being provided from the two carriers. Lt Col Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (JP) November 2006, Picture of the crowd on North Wharf, Fremantle and ambulances lined up to transport sick: DOWNLOAD, Research & Articles by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (Retired), JP. She was launched on 18 July 1929 and completed on 27 July 1931. Cooper “STRONGHOLD” 1 47 48 I assumed command of the British Prisoners of War at Macassar when the officers left on 2nd October, 1943, there being then 12 officers and 650 men based on the camp. Following that battle, HMS Exeter went onto further battles and met its demise at the hands of the Japanese on 1st March 1942, with the loss of 50 men. I have the Honour to be, From our experiences they seem as yet unfit to wield power. Work after the shift to the new camp was divided between the town and the camp, where air-raid ditches were constructed, gardens, both flower and vegetable inside and outside the camp, were made and a general tidying-up of the area done. The Japanese were quite aware of the cause and the effects of Malaria but made no attempt to prevent it. was left in charge). Exeter when it took part in the Battle of the River Plate, and since then had been transferred to HMS Ajax, whose notable achievements last week in sinking two Italian destroyers and crippling a third, is described one of the finest naval feats of the war." He was then locked up for a month. The Japanese rescued 652 men of the crew of the Exeter, including her captain, who became prisoners of war. H.M.S. She was immediately ordered to join the battlecruiser REPULSE and battleship PRINCE OF WALES in Singapore. It was divided into quarters, the Southern half containing the men’s’ barracks, pig sties and stables, the North West quarter the Hospital and the North-East quarter workshops and gardens. (G.T. 2. It did not particularly interest them if we died through lack of food. “PRINCE ROBERT”, and two destroyers arrived and anchored off OLANGAPO at the entrance of SUBIC BAY. Meet The Squander Bug. A large quantity of clothing, victualling and canteen stores were also landed for the use of the Colony in general. August 9th - Arrangements were made for carrying out further cutting operations on the HONG KONG cable by “SELENE”. Seven hundred and fourteen men of HMS Exeter were taken as POWs by the Japanese to a camp at Macassar after the sinking in March 1942. Ships “PERCH” and “POPE”. by Maurice Rooney . THEW, R.N. Albert Carter left school in 1929 and joined the Navy about five and half years ago. The camp was situated in a cleared coconut grove and swamp land, and was nearly rectangular in shape three hundred yards by two hundred yards. Canberra, … The attitude of the Japanese was to humiliate the European in the eyes of the Asiatic, to lower the position of all ranks and ratings to one lower than the coolie. British Submarine Liaison Officer, U.S. Pacific Fleet. YOSHIDA could have rectified all this at any time but did not do so. Ships “VENERABLE”, “SWIFTSURE”, “EURYALUS”, H.M.C.S. Most of the officers were not interested in representations, and those that gave the appearance of doing so did nothing. The amount received by Prisoners was just sufficient for the majority to maintain life. A contingent spent an equally hellish nine months at Pamalla, also on Celibes, where they lost sixteen dead working a nickel mine. He became to us the embodiment of everything that was evil and everything that we had been fighting against in this war – sadistic brutality, cruelty, dishonesty, untruthfulness, roguery and tyranny. van Hasselt and A.J.P. In January 1945, the camp work numbers increased and the working numbers for the town decreased. In consequence of this unexpected change of programme, I never signed the letter of proceedings left onboard H.M.S. Full reports having been forwarded on these operations they are not referred to in any detail. 8. As they went sick they came back to the Camp and were subsequently replaced by others. Greens 111.2 to withdraw “SELENE” and the anchorage off TAMKAN was reached about 1600. 4. H.M.S. All the Dutch had money the Americans and British had nothing. It was apparent to me that the restoration of discipline was of primary importance. Septic skin diseases, Malaria with a certain amount of Berri-Berri were the main complaints. There is no such thing”. 3. September 8th –Left dockyard and, after refuelling berthed at KOWLOON to disembark about one hundred torpedoes and warheads into KOWLOON Torpedo Depot. CHUBB. The work on her had almost been 5. Two days later, she attempted to escape approaching Japanese forces but sank on 1 March in the Second Battle of the Java Sea. Meanwhile the two Dutch cruisers JAVA and DE RUYTER were lost overnight 27/28 February together with the Royal Navy destroyer JUPITER. His Excellency and his staff were entertained to dinner and a cinema performance onboard “MAIDSTONE” that evening. 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