29.12.1942. Squadron and Unit unknown, R.A.F., P.O.W. in Japan. F/Lt. Acland Location: Tokyo Japan.
Mission: Captured while serving with R.A.F. in Singapore. (February 1942)

Date: 29
th December 1942.

Unit: Unknown. Serving with R.A.F. in Singapore, later P.O.W. in japan.

Location: Tokyo Japan.


F/Lt. Simon John Dyke Acland was captured by the Japanese at the fall of Singapore in February 1942, he was one of thousands transported to Japan. He died in Tokyo, Japan, from pneumonia, while a prisoner of war on the 29th December 1942, aged 26.

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RAF reinforcements gathered at a transit camp in Singapore, following the Japanese invasion of Malaya. These men would soon be made P.O.W.’s. Many of them like F/Lt. Simon John Dyke Acland would not survive their incarceration or return home.

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Lieutenant-General Arthur Percival and his party carry the Union Jack on their way to surrender Singapore to the Japanese, 15 February 1942.

Burial Details:

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Simon’s grave Yokohama War Cemetery, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Michel Nelis)

F/Lt. Simon John Dyke Acland was born on 20 September 1916. He was the son of Capt Hubert Edward Peter Dyke Acland and Dorothy Marion Thorold. He is buried at the Yokohama War Cemetery, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Plot Brit. Sec. P. A. 14.

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