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.

Please read further.

Read about ‘J’ Force and ‘Wales’ Maru

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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