The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Draper
First Name:
Arthur Montague
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted 24.1.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7777
Awards:
Mentioned in Despatches
Company:
‘B’ Company
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
Discharged:
4.02.1946
DOB:
6.07.1903
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Thomas Percy Draper
Mothers's Name:
Mabel Draper
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Station Manager
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi; Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp); Selarang Barracks Changi
Force:
‘J’ Force Japan, Wales Maru Party
Camps Japan:
Kobe (Showa-Denkj), Nagoya, Toyama
POW#:
3/6309 Kobe 600 and Toyama 59
Return Details 1945:
Yokohama‐Okinawa‐Manila by aircraft; Manila-Sydney, HMS Formidable; Sydney-Fremantle, HMT Dominion Monarch

General Description

Arthur was a member of ‘J’ Force transported from Singapore to Japan to a POW Camp at Kobe mid 1943. Some of the details of Kobe House are found at the story Kobe House, Japan.

Read about Showa-Denki, Kobe.

Arthur Draper and Norm Harris were moved to Nagoya Camp from Showa-Denki factory at Kobe whilst the group moved north to Toyama.  Following 3 months at Nagoya, and in May 1945 they were both moved to Toyama where they remained until war’s end.

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Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Thomson Road (Caldecot Hill Estate Camp) - Singapore
  • Kobe, Osaka #2-B - Japan ***
  • Nagoya - Japan
  • Toyama, Nagoya #7-B - Japan
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