18th (5th Bn. The Loyal Regt.) Reconnaissance Corps Roll of Honour

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  1. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    Follow Tony's advise above, in the meantime some minor details

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Robert Stubbs
    Given Initials: R L
    Rank: Corporal
    Death Date: Feb 1942
    Number: 5950934
    Birth Place: Hertfordshire
    Residence: Hertfordshire
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Malaya
    Regiment at Death: Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (Recce)
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    Web: International, Find A Grave Index
    Name: Cpl Robert Langhorn Stubbs
    Death Date: 5 Feb 1942
    Burial Place: Kranji, North, Singapore
    URL: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-...

    From a family tree on Ancestry:
    Robert Langhorn Stubbs
    BIRTH JUN 1918 • York, Yorkshire North Riding

    Robert Langhorn Stubbs
    Birth: Jun 1918 - York (Yorkshire)
    Death: 5 February 1942 (5 Feb 1942)
    Marriage: Dec 1940 - Hertfordshire
    F: Arthur Stubbs
    M: Annie Robinson
    Spouse: Elizabeth Maxwell

    Good luck
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  2. Zoe Johnston

    Zoe Johnston New Member

    Thank you Tony
  3. Zoe Johnston

    Zoe Johnston New Member

    Thank you for your help!
  4. Tanztin

    Tanztin New Member

    Hi, I attempted to research my ex husbands grandfather 18 years ago, who was in this reg, and have a photo of his grave etc but was wondering if you could give me any other details on his journey from the uk or anything else that would be useful.
    He was never talked/ known about until I began my research and now my youngest child( who I named after his great grandfather) has such a interest that I would like to help him.
    His name was William John baker bervoets , many thanks
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

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  6. Tanztin

    Tanztin New Member

    7B6C8176-2F0F-44A9-991D-C73FC820727C.jpeg DB74DB45-CBDC-4EF8-8028-0F71EFA89A29.jpeg Thankyou for help! Wouldn’t I need consent from his next of kin?? Also thought I would add a couple of photos of him.... would love to find more
  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Welcome, and good luck with your research.

    As per the above advice, send off for his service records, if you read the application form you will identify the NOK, possibly your Ex unless a child of William is alive.

    A fairly unusual name so presume this is him.


    Casualty List No.794 Dated 10 April 1944
    Expeditionary Forces / Malaya / Missing
    18th Bn reconnaissance Regt
    4132790 Bervoets Pte WJB 15.2.42

    Casualty List No. 1126 Dated 5 May 1943
    Expeditionary Forces / Malaya / Previously posted missing now reported POW
    18th Bn reconnaissance Regt
    4132790 Bervoets Pte WJB 15.2.42

    Casualty List No. 1939 Dated 18 December 1945
    Previously reported POW now reported died
    Royal Armoured Corps
    4132790 Bervoets Pte WJB Date of death 12.10.43

    There are some POW records which I will look out, unless someone beats me to it.
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  8. Tanztin

    Tanztin New Member

    That’s great..... thankyou and yes any information would be very much appreciated
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Global, Find A Grave Index for Burials at Sea and other Select Burial Locations, 1300s-Current
    Name: Trpr William John Baker Bervoets
    Death Date: 12 Oct 1943
    Cemetery: Thanbyuzayat War Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Thanbyuzayat, Mon State, Burma
    Has Bio?: N

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: William Bervoets
    Given Initials: W J R
    Rank: Trooper
    Death Date: 12 Oct 1943
    Number: 4132790
    Birth Place: Devonshire
    Residence: Exeter
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Malaya
    Regiment at Death: Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) (Recce)
    Branch at Death: Infantry

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005
    Name: William J Bervoets
    Registration Date: Jul-Aug-Sep 1941
    Registration district: Devon Central
    Inferred County: Devon
    Spouse: Joyce R Leat
    Volume Number: 5b
    Page Number: 101

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  10. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Interpretation of POW records is not something I am familiar with so perhaps others will be able to chip in. William is mentioned in a number of War Office documents, which I have outlined below. Quite a bit of the information is repeated amongst different documents, I have therefore just detailed the main points.

    WO 361/241 Unreported deaths of allied personnel
    Name: Bervotes, William
    Rank: Pvt
    No: 4132790
    Diagnosis: Tropical ulcer (Diarrhoea & diphtheria)
    Date of death: 12 Oct 43
    Disposition of remains: Cremated

    WO 361/2070 Parties Overland & Overseas ex Changi. Prisoners of war, Far East: parties transferred overseas and overland from Changi, Singapore.
    Nominal roll of overland party "F", 27.4.43

    WO 361/2201 F Force Working party - Thailand. Departed April 1943 / Returned Dec 1943
    Deceased 12.10.43

    WO 361/1344 Far East: Thailand; Burial Register for No 2 Camp, Sonkurai
    Bk B / Row 3 / Gr 6

    WO 361/2234 Death Register F & H Forces
    Diphtheria / Diarrhoea

    WO 361/1946 Malaya POW Camp Name list
    Card No. New: IV1957
    Card No. Old: i/1389

    WO361/2234 Prisoners of war, Far East: Thailand-Burma Railway camps; 'F' and 'H' Forces; death register

    WO 3614/2025 Prisoners of war Far East: Allied POWs transferred overland to other camps April 1943; F Force.

    WO 361/2176 Prisoners of war, Far East: 18th Division headquarters and infantry; pilot roll, A-E

    WO 361/1624/1 Borneo death record (Japanese Prisoner of War Information Bureau) and death lists for Mukden, Thailand and Malaya POW Camps. Orderable at item level - Borneo list

    WO 392/23 POWs in Japan or Japanese Occupied Territory, A-D, 1945

    You can see the source of the records by searching the National Archives site with the WO reference, for example:
    Search results: WO 361/241 | The National Archives

    Finally, perhaps a relation, there are records for a Paul Frederick George Bervoets, POW Dutch East Indies, Djawa camp
  11. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    18th Bn, Reconnaissance Corps arrived in Singapore on 5 February 1942 just 10 days before the fall of Singarpore at 6.00pm on the 15th, when 100,000 troops surrendered to the Japanese.

    You may be interested in looking through this post:
    Reconnaissance Journal
    Reconnaissance Journal
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  12. Recce_Mitch

    Recce_Mitch Very Senior Member

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  14. suegr

    suegr Junior Member

    My Grandad Serjeant Thomas Prior 3854144 18th(5th Reconnaissance
  15. suegr

    suegr Junior Member

    My Grandad serjeant Thomas Prior 3854144 18th (5th Reconnaissance died on death railway

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