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Old 24th April 2010, 13:47
daisy1942 daisy1942 is offline  
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Escape from SIngapore

mistypinCan anyone out there help me unravel a mystery?

My Dad, Michael Stringer, sucessfully escaped from Singapore in February 1942. I do not know what he was doing there and certainly there seems to be no record of him in the Navy or Army (it is fairly unlikely he was RAF).

He escaped on or about 12/13 February on a small boat called "Daiisy". This was one of two water tugs that used to service the big ships in Singapore harbour. Daisy made it to the mouth of the Djambi river, but was too big to go further. The men from Daisy joined a group of RNVR from the launches
P10 and P12, travelled upstream, eventually transferring to the roads and were finally evacuated from Padang. Howver I do not know where they went.

I have no further record of my Dad's wartime exploints until Nov/Dec 1942 when he shows up in the West Indies! He spent the latter stages of the war in the Merchant Navy, mostly in the Mediterranean.

I am most interested to find out what he was doing in Singapore and hhow he got there. Also, how he left Padang and where he went. Books i have read say that lists of men were taken as they left Padang but these records do not appear to exist!

Any help or suggestions gratefully received.
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Old 24th April 2010, 16:55
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Welcome from Lancashire - I hope you will enjoy the site.

Regarding your enquiry, I can't help directly but there are two possibilities that spring to mind if you are sure he was not in the Army or Royal Navy - they are that he was in the Merchant Navy at that time as well as later, or that he was a civilian working in the area.

Hopefully someone more knowledgeable can throw more light on this for you.
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Old 24th April 2010, 18:05
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Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
I'm sure someone will be able to point you at his Merchant Navy records at the National Archives where you will be able to see if he was in the MN from the start or not.
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Old 24th April 2010, 18:29
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Greetings Daisy and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.
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Old 24th April 2010, 19:29
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I think Benjidog may have it right,if not in the service he must have been working there or jumped ship before Singapore fell and was getting the heck out of there before the Japanese got their hands on him. There must be records for his MN service. good hunting Daisy.

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Old 24th April 2010, 21:15
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Welcome Daisy. Hope someone on this great site can assist in your query
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Old 25th April 2010, 04:45
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Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer
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Old 16th May 2010, 11:52
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Many thanks for the welcome and the suggestions.
Dad was certainly a bit of a mystery when it comes to his war service. He may have been in Singapore as a civilian, but this is fairly unlikely. His CRS10 from the merchant navy STARTS in 1944, but as he managed to to serve in the USED (US Coastguard) in the middle, I think his record may be split and Shippiing and Seamen has either lost or cant find other part. Before people ask, no Dad was not american, but was"seconded" into the US Coastguard by a friend after Dad said he did not want to go to sea again as he had been torpedoeed.

Will keep hunting
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Old 16th May 2010, 12:09
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Try the National Archive at KEW

The National Maritime Museum Greenwich

They may be able to help.

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