POW Camp Descriptions
War Crimes and Trials. Affidavits and sworn statements.
Cyril Ernest BARNABY
Sakurajima Osaka 4-D Formerly Osaka-08 B Hitachi Zozen
Australian War Memorial File AWM54 - 1010/4/9
On this 27 day of September one thousand nine hundred and
forty-six, Cyril Ernest Barnaby, of 31 Prince Street, Parramatta,
in the state of New South Wales, labourer, makes oath, and says
[Note 1: C E Barnaby was an Australian
enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy and sent for service with
the British Royal Navy]
1. As Constable Cyril Ernest Barnaby of the Royal Naval
Police (Dockyard) I was taken PW at HONG KONG on 25 Dec 41. I
arrived at SAKARAJUNA Camp OSAKA on 21 Jan 43. In May 45, we
moved to a camp in the mountains, where we remained until the
[Note 2: camp in the mountains was
Akenobe; Note 3: Barnaby was in Hong Kong 3rd Transport Draft
on the Tatsuta Maru]
2. Whilst in OSAKA CAMP, food consisted of rice and barley,
with vegetables, fish and meat on rare occasions in small quantities.
3. Medical supplies and clothing were inadequate, although I
saw plenty in the Q Store.
4. We worked in the local shipyards: hours were long, and conditions
generally were bad we had no protection either from the
weather or from air raids, which were fairly frequent towards
the end of the war.
5. Whilst in this camp, many beatings occurred: I recollect the
In approximately Aug 43, I was told by R.B. MOORE, RNYP that
Bill CURD RNYP HONG KONG was beaten by Sgt KAKUDA and another
guard, and that CURD subsequently died in the camp hospital.
About the winter of 44, Pte McGRATH of the Middlesex Regt was
given numerous beatings by KAKUDA and IKEDA, and by the Camp
Commandant. He was sentenced to jail, he had no blankets, nor
was he allowed to wash. After a month or so in jail, he lost
his toes from frost-bite I witnessed many beatings that
he was given. Also in the winter of 44, I witnessed IKEDA beat
Sgt SMYTHE, R.A.
6. Sgt Barney WHYTE of the Dockyard Defence Corps Hong Kong was
beaten by IKEDA for having a knife in his possession. He was
jailed for ten days on a small rice ration, he was given one
blanket, and was not allowed to wash I witnessed these
happenings. At the same time, ALF TROUT, Sgt WHYTEs Section
Leader, was bashed by IKEDA during roll call, as IKEDA alleged
that he, TROUT, was responsible for what the men in his section
did I witnessed the bashing of ALF TROUT. On another occasion,
every American in the camp was bashed by KAKUDA and IKEDA and
stood to attention for three hours every evening after work for
one week I, and all members of the Royal Naval police
were witnesses of this.
7. In Christmas 44, IKEDA beat Chief Cook BRICKLOW, USN and Seaman
SONNI I, and all members of the Royal Naval Police witnessed
these beatings. Prior to this, in Sep 44, PTE SMITH USMC, was
bashed by IKEDA and other guards for defacing a Japanese coin.
He was jailed on a very poor rice ration the only reason
he was freed was because of an air raid.
8. All these incidents were well known to the Camp Commandant
as complaints were regularly made to him regarding the beatings
and behaviour of the camp staff. They were always rejected with
the answer that those concerned had the full power of the Imperial
Japanese Army whilst in charge of PsW.
Sworn by the abovenamed deponent
Cyril Ernest Barnaby, at
this 27th day of September"
Signature of C.E. Barnaby
one thousand nine hundred and forty-six .
BEFORE ME Signature of XX Menzies
A Justice of the Peace