Genral A.percival What Happend ?

Discussion in 'General' started by steve01159, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. steve01159

    steve01159 Junior Member

    I`m trying to find out what happend to genral percival and his staff after the surrender of singapore. What did the japs do with him and his staff after he signed the surrender?, did he survive the war?. You here alot about what hapened to the troops but not senior officers. Is there a web site that could give me info on the genral.
    Thank`s :)
  2. paulyb102

    paulyb102 Member

    A up Steve01159 Welcome aboard mate,

    Found this out for you

    Lieutenant-General Arthur Ernest Percival (CB, OBE, DSO and Bar, MC.) was born in Aspenden, Hertsfordshire, on 26 Decemeber 1887, the son of Alfred Reginald and Edith Percival.

    Percival was educated at Rugby School and worked in London with Naylor, Benzon & Company Limited from 1907-1914.

    He served in Great Britain during the First World War 1914-1915 and with the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1915-1919, wounded in September 1916, Distinguished Service Order (DSO) in 1918, Military Cross (MC) and French Croix de Guerre.

    He was Captain in Essex Regiment between 1916-1918, commanded 7th Service Battalion, and 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment between 1918-1919. He also went to North Russia in 1919 receiving Bar to his DSO.

    Brevet Major, Essex Regiment in 1919-1924. In Ireland 1920-22, being twice Mentioned In Despatches and bestowed with Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1921.

    He was at the Staff College, Camberley in 1923-1924, Major in Cheshire Regiment in 1924-1928, General Staff Officer Grade 2, Second Nigeria Regiment in 1925-1927 and Staff Officer, Nigeria Regiment, Nigeria between 1927-1929.

    In 1927 he married Margret Elizabeth MacGregor (died in 1956), the daughter of Thomas MacGregor Greer of Sea Park, Carrickfergus and Tallylagan Manor, County Tyrone, and had one son and one daughter.

    He was at Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich in 1930, General Staff Officer, Grade 2, Staff College, Camberley in 1931-1932, Lieutenant-Colonel in 1932, and commanded 2nd Battalion, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment between 1932-1936. He was also at the Imperial Defence College course in 1935, promoted to Colonel in 1936, General Staff Officer, Grade 1, Malaya in 1936-1938 and to Major-General in 1940, ante-dated to 1938. He soon became Brigadier, General Staff, Aldershot Command between 1938-1939. Brigadier, General Staff, 1st Corps BEF in 1939-1940.

    He became General Officer Commanding 43rd (Wessex) Division in 1940, Assistant Chief of Imperial General Staff, War Office in 1940 and General Officer Commanding 44th (Home Counties) Division in 1940-1941. He was also Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), created in 1941.

    Named for General Officer Commanding Malaya in July 1941 and signed Singapore surrender in February 1942. Spent rest of the war in captivity in Manchuria by the Imperial Japanese and specially flown to surrender in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945.

    Retired with pay in 1946. He was Honourary Colonel of the 479th (Hertfordshire Yeomanry) H.A.A. Regiment T.A. in 1949-1954 and Colonel of the 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment in 1950-1955. He was also Deputy-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire in 1951 and Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel of Cheshire Regiment in 1959. He published a book The War in Malaya, printed in 1949.

    He died on 31 January 1966.
  3. steve01159

    steve01159 Junior Member

    Thank`s for that paulyb102 most interesting :)
  4. Kiwiwriter

    Kiwiwriter Very Senior Member

    Steve, welcome to the board, you'll enjoy it here. Pauly, thank you for that detailed addition. Other points on Percival: he conducted himself honorably in captivity, enduring the same hardships as the other British officers, which included beatings. He was flown to Tokyo to stand next to General Jonathan Wainwright on the deck of USS Missouri when Japan surrendered, and received a pen from General MacArthur, one of several the General used to sign the surrender. After the war, Percival was head of the Far East Prisoners of War Association, as FEPOW No. 1. He lobbied assiduously on their behalf for reparations and medical benefits. He was a fine staff officer, but not a great field leader....Brig. John Smyth's Percival and the Tragedy of Malaya is an interesting book about this forgotten man. I'm not a huge fan of his military leadership in the Malaya campaign, but I honor his conduct as a POW and even more his work for his fellow returned POWs after the war.
  5. adrian roberts

    adrian roberts Senior Member

    At least one senior officer was not so lucky.
    Air Commodore Bernard J Silly DFC MC was SASO [Senior Air Staff Officer] RAF Far East Command.
    In February 1942, he was sent to Batavia to set up a rear base to attempt to evacuate personnel who had escaped from Singapore. This involved setting up six transit camps and the processing of 12,000 men, and proved virtually impossible in the chaos. He refused to prioritise his own escape and died in captivity, on 7th December 1943.
    He was born in Australia in 1893, and joined the RFC from the Royal Field Artillery in 1916. At the end of WW1 he was commanding 55 sqn of DH4 bombers.


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