Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by Longthorpe, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Longthorpe

    Longthorpe New Member

    When I lived in Peterborough from 1977 to 1982 we got to know the custodian of Longthorpe Tower, a mediaeval monument on the edge of the city in the care of the Property Services Agency (formerly Ministry of Works). The name of the custodian was David F. Moffat and he often told me stories about his time in a Japanese POW camp. He told me that he was the soldier on the left with the moustache in the iconic photograph invariably used to illustrate accounts of the surrender of Singapore, which shows a few British soldiers in shorts with their hands raised in front of Japanese soldiers with levelled rifles with bayonets. Although I never had any reason to doubt the truth of this, I have been unable to verify it.

    I see that a couple of pages on Wikipedia display that photo but it bears a caption referring to the soldiers being in the Suffolk Regiment. I find that on the Forces War Records website a gunner called David F. Moffat, who was in the 125th Anti-Tank regiment and who was captured on 15 February 1942 -- the date of the surrender of Singapore -- and who, I confirmed from another website, spent the next three years in Japanese prisoner of war camps. I think if highly likely that the man I knew is the David F Moffat listed as belonging to the 125th and that he is the soldier in the surrender photo, and that possibly the captions are wrong. I lost touch with him during the 1980s and sadly he died in 1997.

    I there anypone who knew him or knows how I can trace a relative of can verify this this story ? I would like to memorialise him by identifying this well known and iconic figure.

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Are you sure it was 1997 he died?? - I have found a possible but hes 1993

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: David Ferguson Moffat
    Death Age: 74
    Birth Date: 11 May 1919
    Registration Date: Nov 1993
    Registration district: Peterborough
    Inferred County: Cambridgeshire
    Register Number: C17G
    District and Subdistrict: 3351C
    Entry Number: 181



    was 1993. I'm his grandaughter


    I'm his Grandaughter please get in touch
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Sharon

    Thank you for the information and clarification, I hope the original poster picks up your post. I assume then that the one I found is in fact your grandfather



    It is.
    I've sent you a conversation.
    first day on this, so I'm very skitty lol
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  8. Jacqueline Lockhart

    Jacqueline Lockhart New Member

    Hi I am another Grandaughter. Sharon is correct of course!. The photograph looks very much like my Grandad and my Uncle David, his son.

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