Gordon Payne uit Nieuw Zeeland vraagt informatie over zijn oudoom Matthew Trevorrow. En hij wil ook graag weten wie er op de foto’s staan.
Dit is zijn mail:
My great uncle Matthew Trevorrow from Cornwall, England survived World War 2 only to be murdered near Benkolen, Sumatra, Indonesia in 1945. He was with a small British, Recovery of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees (RAPWI) team finding and helping POW and Internees, under the command of Lord Mountbatten. Sadly they were ambushed by Indonesian rebels/villagers, who mistook them for NICA and only one person survived, a Captain J W Smith. After 72 years I solved a mystery as to where his remains are, they are in the CWGC cemetery in Jakarta. Buried next to him is an Irish Captain/Doctor John Mockler, who also died with him in that team but until last year, when I traced other information his grave was marked Unknown.
He spent many years in Internee in Japanese camps but prior to this, was the only English man working as a gold mining engineer for a Dutch company situated north of Benkolen. The main mine was called Tandai, which leads me to the attached photographs. One is of Matthew and other is a group photo, after celebrations of New Year in 1938 with what we presume are other Dutch mine management staff and their families. I do know from an article in the London Illustrated News, June 14 1941, one of his Dutch colleges was a Mr B. P Van der Vaart and a Swiss sculptor Paul Vogt was with them, prospecting in Sumatra.
Other information that may be useful to your Web users:
On the 19 March 1937 he set sail for Batavia (Jakarta) Indonesia from Southampton, England. Travelled on Nederland Line Royal Dutch mail vessel called Johan De Witt (ticket 4686 attached), occupation then Reduction assistant, later Gold Classer.
- Benkolen Prison camp from around 02 April 1942 to 29 September 1943.
- transferred to infamous Mentok 19 September 1943 to 12 March 1945. (terrible place)
- transferred to what was regarded as secret camp Belalau in Loeboeklinggau 01 March 1945 to 23 August 1945.
- released August 1945, somehow made it back to Palembang.
- seconded RAPWI team with John November 1945
He is mentioned in books by fellow internee, American journalist McDougal including book, “If I Get Out Alive”.
Names of potential Dutch Internees mention in his Japanese camps include;
If you or anyone wishes to contact me preferably in English but could translate from Dutch using Google, its
Gordon Payne email: firstname.lastname@example.org