EAST DEREHAM ROLL OF HONOUR

5774579 Private

MEESON, GEORGE WALTER

Royal Norfolk Regiment
5th Battalion
Age: 24
Date of Death: 21 September 1944
Son of Mrs. M. Meeson, and stepson of Mr. S. Upton, of Dereham, Norfolk.

SINGAPORE MEMORIAL

On 21st September 1944 the Hofuku Maru sailed with Convoy MATA-27 for Takao in Formosa. She was attacked by an American aircraft carrier about 80 miles north of Corregidor, the aircraft carrier’s planes sunk the whole fleet including the Hofuku Maru, not knowing she carried prisoners.

The Hofuku Maru was carrying 1289 prisoners from Manila to Japan, 1047 were lost. George Meeson was one of these. Also lost was Percy Frost from North Elmham.

Info from http://www.roll-of-honour.org.uk/ Hell Ships Roll