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Posted by: david george (IP Logged)
Date: May 08, 2018 11:58AM

Wish I had found this site years ago. I wonder if any of the relatives of survivors have more info about what happened to them after landing in Singapore. My father, Stan Reader (a merchant seaman before and after the war), was on the Empire March when sunk. He had joined it in Calcutta after being dropped off by his earlier ship to have his appendix out. The Empire March was his ship back to UK!
I regret not quizzing him more before he died in 2000. He did say that the gun crew were all machined gunned down trying to get to their sole armament. The water was very oily and he thought a shark had got him when he felt a tug on his leg, but it was another survivor. Like many of his generation he didnt speak much of his experience.
He spent a few months in Changi before going to Japan, firstly to Hakodate and then transferred to a nearby cement works, camp Kamiiso (I have a photo of all the POWs), and near the end of the war he was sent to camp Bibai, a coal mine, and liberated from there.
I have visited Japan several times and been to all the camps; the cement factory is still in production and the coal mine is now within a Japanese anti missile base.
If anyone is still interested in this episode I would love to get in touch. I note the grandson of John Livie mentioned hearing of many tales from his grandfather about the ship. No doubt my father knew him.

Subject Written By Posted
  EMPIRE MARCH David Sibley 01/09/2004 03:25PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Siri 01/09/2004 04:33PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH David Sibley 01/10/2004 01:31PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Siri 01/10/2004 02:30PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH JOHN LIVIE 01/17/2004 07:50PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH JOHN LIVIE 01/20/2004 02:40PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Billy McGee 01/22/2004 09:12AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Billy McGee 01/09/2004 06:16PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH raeberry 06/20/2014 05:46AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH de domenico 06/20/2014 08:33AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH siri 06/20/2014 01:08PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH raeberry 06/20/2014 02:06PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Billy McGee 06/24/2014 02:23AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Capt. George W. Duffy 01/11/2004 10:08AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Siri 01/11/2004 10:56AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH JOHN LIVIE 01/18/2004 03:25PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Billy McGee 01/20/2004 03:47AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH JOHN LIVIE 01/22/2004 01:43PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Siri 01/22/2004 01:54PM
  s/s Empire March JOHN LIVIE 01/23/2004 01:30PM
  s/s Empire March JOHN LIVIE 01/23/2004 01:32PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Sean Livie 09/27/2007 01:45PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH david george 05/08/2018 11:58AM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Stephen Cannon 07/09/2018 10:56PM
  Re: EMPIRE MARCH Meg 03/18/2019 09:15AM

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