Discussion in '1940' started by ciderlion, Nov 6, 2011.
Very odd that POW Changi reference. This is Leonard, commemorated panel 139 Dunkirk.
I get the feeling that someone has taken the details below and somehow concluded that he must have died in captivity. Why Changi, specifically, I have no idea.
Conflict World War 2
Record set Prisoners Of War 1715-1945
Archive reference FO 916/50
First name(s) Leonard
Last name Somerfield
Ship name Royal Army Service Corps
Country of imprisonment -
Ship or corps Royal Army Service Corps
Prison camp or ship -
Archive The National Archives
Document details List of missing combatants - circulation among POW camps 1941
Category Military, armed forces & conflict
Subcategory Regimental & service records
Collections from Great Britain, UK None
The Army report is less specific in date of death - between 27 May and 2nd June, reflecting the chaos and loss of records at the time.
With no identified body, then it could be he was trapped in a ship lost at any time between those dates.
Are there any other personnel deaths in that period who were also attached to I Corps HQ?
That might guide to a potential vessel, but in the confusion we may never know any better detail.
Changai reference appears to be a transcription error by find my past as original document clearly states `BEF`
Perhaps a mix up between;-
Sunday, June 2, 1940
Royal Army Service Corps
Sunday, November 22, 1942
KRANJI WAR CEMETERY
Separate names with a comma.