The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Manwaring
First Name:
Bryan Harry
Rank:
Sergeant
Regimental #:
WX7438
Company:
'C' Company, No. 1 Platoon (Section Sgt Commander)
Enlisted:
6.08.1940
Discharged:
22.05.1946
DOB:
23.04.1913
Place of Birth:
Worthing, England
Father's Name:
Frederick William Manwaring
Mothers's Name:
Hannah Manwaring ( nee Kerwin)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Clerk
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Tamarkan
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan
Camps Burma:
Victoria Point, Kendau 4.8km, Thetkaw, Meiloe 75km, Augganaung.
POW#:
1326
Japan:
Rakuro Maru Party (remained behind sick at Saigon)
Return Details 1945:
Saigon-Bankok-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Sydney, HMT Highland Chieftan, Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train.

General Description

George Hancock with Dorothy & Bryan Manwaring

Read about the Saigon Party

At the end of December when the POWs working on the Burma end of the railway were advised they were being moved south, by train, travelling on the rail line they had built, to one of several large camps.

Bryan was sent to Tamakan where he would regain a little weight and made some recovery of any sickness he was suffering.

On 27 March 1943 he selected as ‘fit’ by the Japanese to go to Japan to work with what was to be known as ‘Rakuyo Maru’ Party.  Initially they were trained to French Indo-China, destination Saigon and via Bangkok arriving 16 June 1944,    It was intended the Party would be shipped via Saigon Port to Japan, however it became evident to the Japanese this plan would not be feasible.  The American submarines had now effectively blockaded any Japanese shipping leaving this coast.   While waiting, the POWs worked mostly at the Saigon docks.

It was then decided the POWs would be sent by train to Singapore where they would wait for a ship.

It was at this point Bryan became sick and he was unable to travel with ‘Rakuyo Maru’  Party to Singapore – which was a blessing for him as the ship was sunk by American submarines in the South China Sea about 14 August 1944 and only a small number of POWs survived.

He was recovered from Red Cross Hospital in Saigon at the end of the war.  He had suffered ulcers to his legs and malaria.  His eyesight was reduced to 15% due to the blows received to his head from Japanese/Korean guards.  When he returned he was a patient with other former POWs suffering from diminished eyesight at Lady Lawley, Cottesloe.

 

Bryan was 12 years old and his brother about 14 when the boys arrived in Fremantle from England with their father on ‘Orama’ 13 December 1927.  Hannah Manwaring is thought to have died in about 1922.  Frederick William Manwaring remarried.
The family initially lived at Goomalling (because there were Manwaring relatives) and not long after moved to the city where William pursued his learnt trade as storekeeper/manager.   William Frederick and his wife Margaret Adele divorced in 1930.  It is believed the couple had another son, Anthony Frederick.

The Manwaring family must have moved to Mandurah area after.

In 1940 Byran married Dorothy May Letts.

Byran had a long friendship with Tom Letts.

The following was printed 9 October 1943.

 

The family connection and friendship between Bryan Manwaring, George Hancock and his family and Dorothy Letts and her family was cemented well before the war when they resided in the Mandurah region.

Bryan Maynard’s father Frederick William Manwaring operated a store in Mandurah and after the war, it is believed Bryan may have worked there for a short time.

He quickly became an active community member and father of two daughters and a son.

He was active member of the Mandurah Road Board for many years, also RSL and serving  as President.  He maintained his close ties with the Braille Society.

 

 

Bryan Manwaring was a man with a good deal of energy and a dedicated to his community and family.

He died at Medina in 1984 aged 71 years.

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
  • Kendau, Kandaw, 4 Kilo - Burma
  • Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
  • Saigon - French Indo China
  • Victoria Point, Kawthoung - Burma. \'A\' Force, Green Force No. 3 Btn
  • Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
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