6 (HAA) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery - Survivors

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  1. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Bombardier Hayward. Held Fukuoka 4B (Moji).
    About the Camp:
    Fukuoka #4B Moji - POWs of the Japanese
    Camp Fukuoka #4 was established on 28 Nov 1942 with the arrival of approximately 250 British survivors of the hellships Dainichi Maru and Singapore. The prisoners were extremely ill with dysentery and most were unable to walk. The YMCA building was used as a primitive hospital facility and the men received only minimal medical treatment from a small Japanese medical staff and one British doctor and three medical orderlies from the Dainichi Maru. The death rate was extremely high. Eighteen men succumbed the first day, and by the 1st of Dec more than 50 POWs had died. On, or about, 30 Nov, the camp medical staff was supplemented by 19 Allied medical personnel, including 2 Australian and 3 American doctors from the Zentsuji camp, and 14 American corpsmen who had been captured on Guam. Working under strict Japanese control, in appalling sanitary conditions, with only the most primitive medicines, the medical personnel could do little to help. By the end of January 1943, 120 POWs had died. (External link to affidavit of Dr. R.B. Williams Guam Med Corps.)
    Bombardier Hayward listed here on survivors roster:
    British & Commonwealth POW roster Aug 1945 - POWs of the Japanese

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  2. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Sgt E A Roberts
    Hi Vic,
    File WO 361/1182 - Saigon Deaths - shows cause of death as 'Acute dysentery'.

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  3. Vic Woods

    Vic Woods New Member

    Thanks Tim. 'Acute Dysentery' was a bit of an acronym for 'starved and beaten to death' though wasn't it?

  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Whilst agreeing that your acronym could often be applied, in the case of Sgt Roberts I think the cause of death was actually 'Acute dysentery'. Saigon, being in French Indo-China and occupied by the Japanese with the collaboration of Vichy France, was considered by many to be a better (???!!!) place to be than most others.
    You may find the book 'The Prisoner List' of interest.
    About "The Prisoner List"
  5. Vic Woods

    Vic Woods New Member


    As ever, indebted to your information and guidance. I have passed on the details to Steve, my brother in law. We are also contacting Kintigern House to see if we can get his War Records too.

  6. Patwalker

    Patwalker Junior Member

    Dear Vic,
    Apologies for late reply, I have only just seen your post.
    Glad you found the book of interest, so 3 years of researches not wasted !! I see Timuk has answered your post better than I could have with further details of Sgt Roberts. One thing I did come across recently in researches was Col Hugonin had actually been an Officer with 6th HAA previously in his career.
    37 years service , that is some achievement and will take some beating.
    best wishes Pat Walker
  7. Peter Beattie

    Peter Beattie New Member

    I have just found the 6th Regt. HAA RA after getting news of Pat Walker's regimental book whilst at the FEPOW annual Japanese Embassy reception in London. I have been attending this gathering for at least a decade or more and this year was a first to get any news of my father's old WW2 posting as Thomas Leonard Beattie Lt.(QM) of the 6th. He was a professional soldier WW1 and WW2 born 1896 at Alverstoke Hants. He survived from Fukuoka Camps 1/12 and later I believe Moji where he was listed as Capt. His last posting in UK was Lt-Col.(QM) HQ RA Woolwich where he retired in 1953 after 42 years service. He died at home at Kidbrooke Blackheath London in 1965 3 months after my marriage. Also I have just heard of Pat. Walker's book that I have ordered and look forward to reading it soon. I am not certain of father's exact responsibilities as a QM but I am assuming that each Battery had its own QM officer. Father hardly ever spoke about his army career! My earliest recollection of the regiment was as a child at West Frith Lodge opposite the barracks at Deep Cut Hants. (now Logistic Corps) in about 1938 recently commissioned as a QM. He was also a passenger on the troop ship Queen Mary on its return to Southampton about November 1945 and I was there to greet him with mother.

    Peter D Beattie
    RAFA Military Veteran
  8. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Welcome Peter,
    The Lt(QM) and his staff were attached to the Regimental Headquarters rather than a Battery.
    Your father is a bit of a mystery to me.
    His Data Card on COFEPOW site shows his date of capture as 20/03/42 whereas most captured in Java show 8/3/42. If his date is correct it seems he evaded capture for a few days. Maybe Pat Walker's book will throw some light.
    He is listed on the RA Roll and the RA(Java) Roll but in both cases the entry has been crossed out and includes the notation J/R which I have not seen before and do not know what it means.
    It is unlikely he spent time at Moji. Moji was the port of entry for FEPOWs into Japan and few were retained here unless sick.
    Where your father went to then I do not know. I do know that his final camp from which he was liberated was Fukuoka 9B, Miyata.
    My father also ended up at Miyata. He was in a group of British Officers transferred from Zentsuji Camp but your father is not listed on the Interim Roster for this camp.
    Miyata was a distinctly unpleasant camp to be in.
    Unfortunately your father's Liberation Questionnaire (if it exists), which will give more detail of his camps, has not yet been transcribed onto the COFEPOW website but (again if it exists) will be at the National Archives.

  9. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    This is the returning POW form for T.L Beattie, M.B.E, M.M. :-

    BEATTIE, T.L - Copy (2).JPG

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