Cheeky Request/Plea to FMP subscribers

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by bamboo43, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I'm assisting a family looking for info on the following soldier:

    7595103 William David Smith. 18th Division Ordnance Workshops.

    He was captured at the fall of Singapore and held POW for the rest of the war. Could anyone provide an image of his POW index card please. Any help gratefully received.
     
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    They are also on Ancestry as well but you need Fold3 membership which I do not have - the files for him on Ancestry in this database are:
    UK, Allied Prisoners of War, 1939-1945
    Name: William Smith
    [David Smith]
    Nationality: British
    Rank: CORPORAL
    Birth Date: 24 Jul 1916
    Birth Place: Salisbury, Wiltshire, ENGLAND
    Military Date: 1939-1945
    Military Place: Singapore
    Regiment: 18 Div RAOC ARMY
    Service Number: 7595103
    Father: David
    Mother: Gertrude
    Source Description: 48: Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees, World War II: Smith F-Spencer

    Name: William David Smith
    Rank: Cpl
    Military Date: 1939-1945
    Service Branch: A
    Service Number: 7595103
    Source Description: 2196: Prisoners of War, Far East: British POWs in Thailand & Saigon as of August 1945; Nominal Roll

    Name: William David Smith
    Rank: Cpl
    Military Date: 1939-1945
    Service Branch: A
    Service Number: 7595103
    Source Description: 2172: Prisoners of War, Far East: Allied POW Camps in Thailand; Nominal Rolls

    Name: William David Smith
    Rank: Cpl
    Military Date: 1939-1945
    Service Branch: A
    Service Number: 7595103
    Source Description: 1955: Prisoners of War, Far East: Thailand POW Camp, Name List, as of 1 November 1944; Volume II

    Name: William David Smith
    Rank: Cpl
    Military Date: 15 Feb 1942
    Service Branch: A
    Service Number: 7595103
    Source Description: 26: British Prisoners of War Held in Japan or Japanese-Occupied Territory: R - Z

    Hope someone picks up on this
    TD

    Isnt there a free weekend on FMP - Findmypast
     
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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    All sorted.
     
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  4. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Many thanks to both. Sorted in 23 minutes. :)
     
  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I was at the England vs Japan game today at Twickenham and met a family, we got chatting and here we end up. Thanks again.
     
  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    You've probably seen it, but just in case Smith, William David
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    Tim

    Edit. Add: 20/03/42 Transported overland Singapore to Thailand in 'D' Force. S Database
     
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  7. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks Tim,

    I did have this, but had not connected it to D Force though. Using all the details gathered from the documentation available on line has allowed me to prepare a short one A4 page summary of William's journey from boarding his transport ship to Singapore, probably at Capetown, to him arriving back in the UK at Southampton. The family will be extremely pleased and interested to read it all I'm sure.

    Steve
     
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  8. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Once again you may have this info.
    Sailed from Gourock (31/10/41) or Liverpool (30/10/41) to Halifax as part of Convoy CT5.
    Halifax to Capetown on board USS Mount Vernon as part of Convoy WS12X (Troop Deployment puts 18 Div Ordnance Workshop RAOC on the Mount Vernon).
    Mount Vernon joins convoy DM1 to Singapore.
    More info: Convoy William Sail 12X

    Tim
     
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  9. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Have downloaded 11 docs relating to your man from FMP. Send me your e-mail addy and I'll send them if you still need them.
     
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  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Thanks to everyone once again. All I am short of now, is a copy of William's Japanese index card. I can pick this up from Kew at some point in the near future.
     
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Do you need his shoe & collar size or can that wait until later as well?

    Respect to all who added to this thread :salut:
    TD
     
  12. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic Patron

    Won't that be in the chaps AB64? :)

    On a more serious note, this thread epitomises what this Forum is all about. Well done to all.
     
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