Prescott POW Changi Singapore

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by johnp, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. johnp

    johnp Junior Member


    I am trying to find out more about my father Harold Prescott Rank: Gnr
    Army No: 2139322 who i am almost sure was with the 88th (2nd West Lancashire) Field Regiment RA and according to his army pay books was captured at Singapore.
    What i am tring to find out is am i correct in thinking he was with the 88th (2nd West Lancashire) Field Regiment RA, he lived in and joined up Preston Lancashire.
    Is there any information about him in Changi as a POW i notice from this site that a POw questionnaire was some times completed did he do one.
    If he was with the 88th (2nd West Lancashire) Field Regiment RA are there any war diaries for the time in Mlaya or were they lost.

    I know very little regarding my fathers time in Malaya he did not talk about it so
    any information would be really appreciated.


  2. CL1

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

    Hello John and welcome to the forum

    A link to below explaining how to apply for service records
    there is a wait time up to 12 months.

    I am sure a forum member will be along soon to offer more advice/information

    Army Number to check:

    The army number: 2139322 indicates that the soldier's original unit or date joined was:
    "Royal Engineers"

  3. johnp

    johnp Junior Member

    Thanks Clive i notice a few experts in various fields eg Artillery units and POW's on this site hope they can help


  4. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member

    Hi John,
    Here he is listed at Changi.

    It appears he was never transferred overland (OVL) or overseas (OVS) ?

  5. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi John,

    He is listed on the Cofepow database, so he will almost certainly have a Japanese index card at the National Archives, and possibly a liberation questionnaire. Either document will confirm his regiment/unit at the time of capture.

    Here is a link to his details on the Cofepow website:

    Record Details

    Good luck.

  6. Enigma1003

    Enigma1003 Member


    I forgot to say, yes, it was definately 88th Field Regiment.

    The man listed just below him, Preston, was sent off on the England Maru to the Kinkaseki copper mines on Formosa, but he seems to have escaped this horror. (but expect similar horrors occurred)

  7. johnp

    johnp Junior Member


    Thanks for the welcome. yes it is starting to tie in with the little snippets he told me. he was in the Royal Engineers first the his brother JB Prescott who is shown on the list below him "claimed him" as he said into the Royal Artillery.
    Is there any way to find out what battery he was in ?

    Thank you


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