Ube, Ohama POW Camp
1 Jan 1943: Renamed FUKUOKA POW CAMP UBE Branch Camp
OHAMA Detached Camp
Special thanks to Kathleen Booth for supplying these additional photos:
On occasion of Red Cross propaganda visit, March 16, 1943 ("...a series of photos relating to a visit by the Red Cross rep. Dr Paravicini, a Swiss national, on 16th March 1943. They were all taken for propaganda purposes, and we think it was the only time the prisoners were let out of the camp, apart from going to work at the mine.")
Coal mining operation (Okura Mining Co.? Ohama Mining?)
Singapore Maru - 27 Nov 1942
Rashin Maru [Bioki (Byoki) Maru] 8 Sep 1944 - this was the sister ship of the Canadian Inventor. The "Byoki" (which means "sick") had its superstructure destroyed in earlier bombings and strafings. [Special thanks to Jim Erickson, noted researcher on the Hell Ship rosters]
Extract of the Lt. Rogers Report on Ohama, Motoyama ans Ikinoyoma Camps. Extracted by Lt. Col. Rudisill
Major article on the Singapore Maru voyage by A.George James (PDF files, quite well written)
Photograph and identity of the six man medical staff. Photo courtesy of Charles Edwards and Kathleen Booth.
390 Total: (3) Americans; (1) Dutch; 142 British; 244 Australians at rescue
Custer, Edwin Morton,CPhM,2907307,US Naval Hospital, Guam
Bullock, Odell,Cpl,14021632, US Army Med Corps
Perilman, William,1st Lt,O&357422, US Army Med Corps
Australians only departed Java, 1 Jul 1944 and arrived 8 Sep 1944. Research and authenication courtesy of noted historian and former POW, Neil MacPherson, Perth, Australia.
Partial British roster including all British dead. The deceased British men arrived on the Singapore Maru on 27 Nov 1942. Source: Stubbs- "Heroes of the RAF" and Kathleen (nee Hamer) Booth
Original rosters (PDF)
Death lists for Hiroshima camps (PDF)
McEwan, James, "The Remorseless Road", Airlife Publ, Shrewsbury UK 1997- not reviewed
Best Book on this camp:
Parkin, Ray, "Wartime Trilogy - The Sword and the Blossom", [Publishers Link] University of Melbourne Press, 1999. Parkin writes of the sinking of the HMAS Perth, slavery on the "Death Railway", a hellship voyage and life in the mines at Ohama. Beautifully illustrated with his original drawings while a POW and writings taken from his diaries while imprisoned. See FULL REVIEW by Center for Research.
Kenneth H. Holmes on right, lying down
Gunner Harry Hamer (L) recovering from broken leg. Man on right not known.
"This photo was taken at exactly the same location as a number of other photos on 2 Sept 1945. My father, William Richard Davies, is on far right second row. He was with the 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion, captured in Java, worked on the Thai-Burma railway line, and then sent to Japan." --Rick Davies
Pantomime Christmas Show, Snow White, 1943
Ohama Camp Officers, Sept. 2, 1945
Group of mates, Sept. 2, 1945 (Hamer, front row rhs)
Group of NCO's, Sept. 2, 1945
Ohama relief supply drop, Sept. 8, 1945
Group at Motoyama, Sept. 9, 1945 (Hamer from Ohama, back row lhs; "As far as we know, Motoyama didn't get its own air-drop and so the Ohama POWs took some supplies over.")
Motoyama Mine, Sept. 9, 1945 (Hamer from Ohama, front row 2nd from left)