The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Regimental #:
- Escort Officer Only Fremantle-Java
- Place of Birth:
- Swansea, South Wales
- Father's Name:
- Roger Herbert Blakeway
- Mothers's Name:
- Fanny Olive Blakeway
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Mechanical Engineer
- ‘Blackforce’, attached to ‘C’ Company 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion
- Camps Thailand:
- 131km Camp, Tamarkan, Nakom Nayok, Bangkok
- Camps Java:
- Java Party No.4, Williams Force
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Tamaroa
Lieutenant Colin Blakeway was given the task of Escort Officer Only to the 88 2/4th men who missed ‘Aquitania’ – because they were AWOL and unable to re-board for various reasons (some had been placed in gaol and could not be freed in time) before ship departed.
Blakeway and men sailed on HMT ‘Marella’ were left at Tanjong Priok, the port of Batavia and not Singapore as was the original plan. Singapore was about to surrender.
He was attached to ‘C’ Coy 2/3rd MGB and captured on south coast of Java sometime between 14 – 26 March 1942. He had earlier been in action south of Buitensong.
Blakeway was sent to Burma end of Railway from Java with Williams Force.
He was recovered from Nakom Nayok Camp, Thailand 16 Aug 1945.
Col. Blakeway died 7 September 1999.
- Nakom Nayok, Nakhon Nayok - Thailand
- Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
- Tonchan South, 131k - Thailand
- Aungganaung,105Kilo - Burma
- Meilo, 75 Kilo, 340k - Burma
- Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
- Leles - Java
- Thetkaw 14 Kilo - Burma
- Nikhe, Ni Thea, 133Kilo Camp, 281.80km - Thailand