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    Default Troop ship information

    Hi,

    I am trying to piece together my father's movements in his last years and need some more help. He was sent out to Singapore with 250 MRU at the end of 1940 or early 1941. One of the things I would like to find out is the troop ship he sailed on. I know he was playing drums in a band they got together on the ship but that's all.

    Clp Stanley Stewart Pyke 550881

    All his records states is
    250 MRU no date
    250 MRU F.East dated 6/1/41
    250 R5 dated 11/3/41
    307 AMES no date

    How can I find out the ship and it's sailing dates and route? Any advice will be appreciated.

    Thanks all,

    Stan
    Last edited by Stan Pyke; 12th December 2008 at 09:57. Reason: Forgot to add father's details

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    http://www.naval-history.net/index.htm

    Try this for a start. I know Arnold Hague was doing a lot of work on convoys, so that may help provide background, at least. I suspect, however, that there will have been more than one troopship per convoy, so the exact ship may be difficult to find.

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    Hi Steve
    With Graham's mention of Arnold Hague try http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/index.html where much of his work is available. It won't be easy to sort out the detail but you may have a ship's name somewhere in your docs. The promising convoy(taking the 6/1/41 date as a starting point) seems to be WS5B from which WS5BX was detached to proceed to Singapore via Bombay and consisted of Liners used as Troopships
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    Thanks to you both for the info. Looks like he went out on the Empress of Japan to be killed on behalf on the Emperor of Japan. Sods law!!!

    Anyway the dates would tie in with him being posted to 250 MRU F. East w/e 6th Jan 41 and sailing on the 7th. Also arriving on the 11th Mar the day he was internally posted to 250 RS. So it looks like he did not help set up the first radar unit on the island at Changi, but who knows.

    Now I need to find out what he did in Singapore and when he was posted to 307 AMES as there are no dates in his records. Then what happened to 307 as it was pulled back from Kahang to Serangoon and then after that.

    Thanks again,

    Stan

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    Selection of photos of Empress on
    http://www.photoship.co.uk/JAlbum%20Ships/Old%20Ships%20E/index5.html
    guessing your one would be the 3 funnell job. Pete

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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks for that info, some nice photos and yes it is the 3 funnel one. I have found the following info
    http://www.greatoceanliners.net/empressofjapan2.html
    if in case anyone else is interested.

    Thanks,

    Stan

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    Default More info on the convoy WS.5B

    Here is another site I found about troopship convoy WS.5B/5BX. It is mainly about the troopship 'Franconia' which was going to Suez but it was in the same convoy and also left from the Clyde. It starts halfway down page 186 if you end up on the wrong page.

    It gives an insight into the route of the convoy and enough info to work out the splits to various ports and destinations of Suez, Australia, Bombay and Singapore. Worth a look if you are interested in this convoy which left the Clude on 7th Jan 1941 and ended in Singapore on 11th March 1941. You will have to copy and paste the address into your browser.

    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FHG2TTT0XdQC&pg=PA146&lpg=PA146&dq=troops hip+empress+of+japan&source=web&ots=Qr0yqbkrkm&sig =bZQSVhn0k9ju_OvCl1WZrcfN0ow&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_re sult&resnum=3&ct=result#PPA186,M1

    I hope this is of interest to someone,

    Stan

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