Moji Camp and Kokura Hospital
Fukuoka #4 Branch Camp
Camp and Kokura Military Hospital:
Note: Partial records and photographs were found in RG331 but were gathered under Fukuoka #22 camp. Kokura Military Hospital research is courtesy of Mark Kelso, of Galveston, Texas. His grandfather died at this hospital, just south of the Moji camp.
See Erickson's webpage on the "Three Hospitals" -- Moji Ward, Kokura Military Hospital, and Shimonoseki Quarantine Station.
Camp Photographs - a series of mostly propaganda pictures showing the facilities.
Investigation Report (PDF) - with photographs
Jim Erickson's site on Moji 4-B
Camp Layout: See below.
Aerial Photograph and Location Map:
Aerial of the Shimonoseki - Kokura - Moji area (Kanmon Strait, heavily mined during the war)
See town maps below for camp location.
Aerial 1947-03-12 Aerial 1948-09-24 (courtesy of Japan Map Archives)
Source: Keith J. Clarke
Partial story of Arthur George Clarke, Royal Artillery captured on Java. Arrived on Dai Nichi Maru. Clarke perished at the Moji camp, 19 Dec 1942.
Special Link: Story of Lt. Walter A. Kelso Jr., who died at Kokura Military Hospital, 04 Feb 1945.
MEMORIAL: It has long been our desire to see a memorial built at Moji Port, the "Grand Central Station" for Allied POWs entering Japan via hellships. Good to see efforts are continuing. Per a request to the U.S. Congress by the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Memorial Society, March 2021:
"Encourage the Government of Japan to create a memorial for the Allied POWs of WWII at the Port of Moji on Kyushu where most of the POW hellships docked and unloaded their sick and dying human cargo."
Special Pages for all Fukuoka Camps
Limited Medical facilities for POWs. A number of the medics were forced to work as stevedores
Numerous hells ships- most of the very sick were taken to this camp where the majority perished. For example, Singapore Maru, Dai Nichi Maru, Brazil (ex Oryoku) Maru.
Japanese Camp Staff
Original Staff Roster, English and Japanese (PDF)
American POW Roster Aug 1945 (Moji 4-B)
Many of the men who perished here are listed under the Hakodate #1 by the Japan POW Research Network.
Deceased Yanks buried in charnel (common grave)- These men perished in Moji as a direct result of mistreatment on the Oryoku Maru-Brazil Maru-Enoura Maru saga in Dec. 1944.
FUK-04 Moji Death List 1945-11-15 (original documents)
British dead ex Singapore Maru
British Dead en route on the Singapore Maru- Source: Imperial War Museum
British Survivors of the Singapore Maru who survived the Shimonoseki Quarantine Station (across the straits from Moji)
See picture of common grave and crematorium
Original rosters (PDF) - British, Australian, Canadian, American, and also British deaths (Dainichi Maru)
Original Deceased List (PDF)
Special Page -- Fukuoka #4 Moji affidavits
(Source: RG389 Box 2123) War crimes affidavit of Navy Lt (Doctor) L. Bland Williams descibes the gross conditions of the camp (YMCA building) and careless disregard by the Japanese.
Affidavit of Borrie - describes maltreatment of sick & injured
Extract of 1st Lt A.W. Balfanz- notes arrival on Brazil Maru and death rate.
Affidavit of British doctor Berkeley- describes in detail conditions and treatment of the prisoners.
Godfrey Ames diary (RG 407 Box 123) - Personal and Official Notes, Diary, from 10 Nov 1942; Capt Godfrey R. Ames, Btry C, 60th CA (AA), Cabanatuan, N.E., P.I. Contains: Roster for Battery D and citation awards; recommendations for awards; Cabanatuan POW Camp. Total of ten books, only Books 1~4 imaged.
US military district map, 1945
US military map, 1945