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

    Tim
     
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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'.

    Tim
     
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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?

    Vic
     
  4. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Vic,
    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"
    Tim
     
  5. Vic Woods

    Vic Woods New Member

    Tim

    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.

    Vic
     

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