Research into Dad's POW record
My father, Richard (Dick) Bennett was initially in India on the North West Frontier with the Royal Scots Fusiliers, but volunteered to go to Malaya with the Indian Army Ordnance Corps, part of India III Corps in February 1941. Records show he was based in Kuala Lumpur. He was captured in Singapore on 15th February 1942, when the Allies surrendered. For the first few months he was at Changi POW camp in Singapore, and was sent to Thailand to work on the Railway in November 1942.
The breakthrough in my research came when I found his POW Record Cards and Liberation Questionnaire in the National Archives at Kew. This showed that his unit was HQ 3 India Corps, and he had signed up for the army on 4th March 1932. The place and date of capture was Singapore 15th Feb 1942. He listed the camps he had been in as follows--
Changi (Singapore) Feb-Oct 1942
Wan Lung, Thailand Nov-Dec 1942
Wantakin Dec 42-March 43
Pookai April 43
Tarso May 43
Tamarkan May-Nov 43
Chungkai Dec 43-June 44
Shirakawa, Formosa Nov 44 - Aug 45
The Liberation Questionnaire revealed a great deal about his experience as a POW. He wrote in answer to a question about an escape attempt-
"Four men made an attempt in Jan or Feb 43, were brought back to Chungkai, Thailand, tried and shot in conditions of great secrecy. It was rumoured they had killed a Thai. Their graves are at the foot of a rocky hill and about 400 yards North of a small Thai village and school which is situated on the North side of the railway line. I do not remember their names or units."
In answer to a question about sabotage attempts he wrote--
"Many large bamboo roots were put in the embankment on the Thailand Railway near Wan Lung about the beginning of December when the Japanese were not looking, with a view to rendering it unsafe."