1860929 Fred Forsythe ROWLANDS, 40 Fortress Coy, Royal Engineers, FEPOW: 12/10/1942

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  1. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Hi everyone,I am researching the above Sapper, who died on the 12th October 1942 but was captured on Christmas Day 1941. On the Casualty List (Below) there were probably hundreds, if not thousands also captured, can anyone shed any light on what happened so I can tell his story so he won't be forgotten.

    Commonwealth War Graves Commission
    Service Number 1860929
    Died 12/10/1942
    Aged 47
    40 Fortress Coy. Royal Engineers

    Son of Fred and Jane Elizabeth Rowlands.

    I have his family and siblings, it is what happened on Christmas Day 1941, please forgive my lack of information on this, I am learning all the while, so the answere will widen my knowledge.
    Kind regards, Mavis Williams

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  2. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Full CWGC info
    Casualty Details | CWGC
    Service Number: 1860929
    Regiment & Unit/Ship: Royal Engineers, 40 Fortress Coy.
    Date of Death: Died 12 October 1942
    Age 47 years old
    Buried or commemorated at YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY
    Grave Reference: Brit. Sec. D. C. 13.
    Location: Japan
    Additional Info: Son of Fred and Jane Elizabeth Rowlands.
    Personal Inscription: REST IN PEACE
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  3. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you dbf, much appreciated, they don't normally have 4 Concentration Documents. Kind regards, Mavis
  4. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    This website shows his posting to the Hong Kong garrison: Hong Kong War Diary His footnote is not listed though.

    There is this 2003 book: Not the Slightest Chance: The Defence of Hong Kong, 1941 By Tony Banham

    Try this historian's website: Hong Kong War Diary

    Memorial has a little more: Ro Database

    There are no other threads here on 40 Fortress Company; there are many threads on Hong Kong, none appear to be focused the fall of the colony. As always Wiki provides a starting point: Battle of Hong Kong - Wikipedia

    Google says there is a mention of the Company in this document: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/assets/archives/china.pdf

    This document refers to the Company being augmented by local Chinese soldiers: http://download.viipillars.com/A_Forgotten_History_English_Version.pdf

    Others, more expert than I may be along to help. I have doubts that a War Diary will exist given that the garrison surrendered.

    Welcome and good luck.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2020
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  5. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    WOW, thank you davidbfpo, so much to keep me going, I am sure I will be able to shed a little light on what happened for the family, if they don't already know of course! Just don't want him to be forgotten for his sacrifice, it must have been hell for them all. Bless them. Regards, Mavis
  6. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Little to add to the above. Fred Rowlands was transported from Hong Kong on 27 Sept 42 on board the Lisbon Maru. The Lisbon Maru was torpedoed and sunk by USS Grouper. Fred survived and was taken to Japan. He arrived at Osaka 1 (Minato-ku) on 11 Oct 42 and died 12 Oct 42.


  7. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron


    There are many threads here on the Lisbon Maru and Tony Banham has written a book on the sinking: The Sinking of the Lisbon Maru: Britain's Forgotten Wartime Tragedy. See: Lisbon Maru

    Wiki is a place to start: Lisbon Maru - Wikipedia and I have just skimmed this account: The Lisbon Maru | COFEPOW
  8. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you timuk and davidbfpo for this wonderful information. Can I ask, so I can write down the source, where you got the information timuk, as I would like to be correct and will of course credit you all, and the forum, when I write his story. Also, did I read the CWGC Graves Concentration Report Form correctly. Where they all, or most cremated? I wouldn't be able to have done so much work without the forum's help, you have helped me hundreds of times, I am sure.
    Kindest regards, Mavis
  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

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  10. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thank you again Tim, and for answering my question about cremation. Thanks also for your concern, yes,thank you again, after 2 and a half years I think I am almost out the wood. My project has kept me going, I must finish as much as I can. I wouldn't have done it without the Forum and your help.
    I was having trouble opening that too (#7), but the above opened nicely.
    Kindest regards,
  11. davidbfpo

    davidbfpo Patron Patron

    Mavis & Tim,

    The two links 'Lisbon Maru' are different and I can open both.:)
  12. Mavis Williams

    Mavis Williams Well-Known Member

    Thanks davidbfpo, I tried it several times, strange isn't it. :unsure:

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