William's Birth Certificate
A photograph of the original cross placed on my Uncle's grave in Thanbyuzayat, when he was re-buried there after the war
The original letter sent to my Gran by Major Apthorp, when he sent her a copy of his diary
William's medals (bottom row) below his Father's medals (top row)
William's grave marker
There are other pictures of Thanbuyazat cemetery here
His official service record
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My Uncle Bill survived the sinking of Repulse, but died as a POW during the Japanese occupation. He was 21 years old.
My surviving Uncle (who is 80 years old) told me that when Bill came ashore after the sinking of the Repulse he was sent to Sumatra. They were subsequently told that if they could get themselves to the West Coast of Sumatra that the Royal Navy at Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) would come and pick them up. Uncle Bill reached the West Coast, however, the Navy didn't turn up, but the Japanese did and he was taken prisoner.
My Uncle disputes the information given on the attachment regarding what happened to my Uncle after the sinking of the Repulse. Apparently at the end of the war a Petty Officer went to see my Gran, William's mother, and told her that after being taken prisoner at the West Coast of Sumatra, the Japanese marched them up to North Sumatra, where they were put on a boat and taken to Malaya. As you can see this differs from the information given by the MOD their official service records give his place of death as Singapore, but he is buried at Thanbyuzayat cemetery, This cemetery is about 1000 miles to the north of Singapore.
My Uncle Bill's medals are; 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star with a bar (Burma) and the Victory Medal
update 3rd December 2002, information originating with Keith
Andrews from the FEPOW
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Conditions on board were not good to say the least.
They arrived at Mergui on 25/5/42, and left for Tavoy on 10/8/42, arriving on 11/8/42.
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Information provided by
Commonwealth War Graves Commission record:
In Memory of
WILLIAM ROBERT WARNER
H.M.S. Sultan., Royal Navy
who died on
Monday 14 September 1942 . Age 21 .
Additional Information: Son of William Walter and Kathleen Ellen Warner, of Colchester, Essex.
Cemetery: THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY Myanmar
Grave or Reference Panel Number: B5. B. 6