Amahei Op Ceram

Amahei Op Ceram

Joined: October 7th, 2009, 3:48 am

October 7th, 2009, 4:02 am #1

I have been searching and researching my family history...

Just found out that my grandmother had a brother down there.

He was taken to a POW camp at Amahei...

I wonder if anybody can help me to get hold of more information...

All i know now is that he was married with children...

And a Dutch soldier and that's thanks to T.J.Heijstek...

Kappert, Gerrit 12-04-1895 26-07-1943 Ls Sgt Ekl Inf Knil



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http://www.wereldoorlog2.com/index.php? ... e&Itemid=1
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henry klom
henry klom

October 7th, 2009, 9:25 am #2

he was an accountant at a sugerfactory in Soemberbaroe
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Joined: July 20th, 2004, 4:40 pm

October 7th, 2009, 2:03 pm #3

Indeed he was a soldier, not a professional but a conscripted one.
Ls Sgt Ekl Inf Knil means he was a sergeant first class with the Landstorm, the older part of the colonial conscripts (32-45 years range).
The Landstorm was a rather brainy and elite lot, since the DEI's Dutch or European population was a typical elite society, made up of teachers, cadres, businessmen, civil servants, lawyers, plantation, bank and factory managers and so on. An accountant fits right in.
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Joined: October 7th, 2009, 3:48 am

October 7th, 2009, 2:14 pm #4

Well...
Don't know what to say.....
This is more information than i was hoping for.....

How did you find all this information?
Can you help me in getting more?
Is there possible photos of this brainy fellows?
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Joined: July 20th, 2004, 4:40 pm

October 7th, 2009, 5:26 pm #5

My books are in storage, but I definitely have pictures showing middle-aged men with heavy bodies and heavy spectacles running through the streets of Javanese cities clutching their rifles.

By the time of the Japanese attack at least some of the Landstorm infantry units (battalions, companies, 50 men sections) were well equipped with Ford jeeps and Overvalwagen armoured cars. They had been under arms for quite a while by then (since mobilisation) and must have been sick of training and guarding units. And their bellies must have been trimmed down by then.

Always despised by the real KNIL soldiers and their historians (the same fate befell on the parttime Stadswacht - another brainy lot), their military value may not have been topnotch, but it should not be underestimated. As brainy and mature guys they may also have been calm and smart in battle.

Landstormers also served with coastal artillery units in a more static role.

It would be interesting to know which unit he was with and what he did during the Japanese attack (Jan/March 1942). Any clues?
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Melmoth the Wanderer
Melmoth the Wanderer

October 7th, 2009, 5:34 pm #6

I have been searching and researching my family history...

Just found out that my grandmother had a brother down there.

He was taken to a POW camp at Amahei...

I wonder if anybody can help me to get hold of more information...

All i know now is that he was married with children...

And a Dutch soldier and that's thanks to T.J.Heijstek...

Kappert, Gerrit 12-04-1895 26-07-1943 Ls Sgt Ekl Inf Knil



T.J.Heijstek
http://www.wereldoorlog2.com/index.php? ... e&Itemid=1
Hello,

Here is a good POW site with a link (scroll down) to the Moluccas camps. IIRC, British (RAF) and Dutch POWs were sent there to work as laborers, and suffered very severely.

http://www.cofepow.org.uk/pages/asia.html

Not at all a place to have been interned. Did he survive the war?
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Melmoth the Wanderer
Melmoth the Wanderer

October 8th, 2009, 3:17 am #7

I have been searching and researching my family history...

Just found out that my grandmother had a brother down there.

He was taken to a POW camp at Amahei...

I wonder if anybody can help me to get hold of more information...

All i know now is that he was married with children...

And a Dutch soldier and that's thanks to T.J.Heijstek...

Kappert, Gerrit 12-04-1895 26-07-1943 Ls Sgt Ekl Inf Knil



T.J.Heijstek
http://www.wereldoorlog2.com/index.php? ... e&Itemid=1
Hello Casanunda,

I apologise for not seeing that your relative died in 1943. My error.

I came across the following which may be of use to your research:

"J.H.W. Veenstra e.a., Als krijgsgevangene naar de Molukken en Flores: relaas een Japans transport van Nederlandse en Engelse militairen
1943-45 ('s-Gravenhage 1982). met dodenlijsten van:
Flores; Amahei; Haroekoe; Liang; aan boord tussen Ambon en Java van 25-11 tot 19-12-1943; bij de ondergong van de "Suez Maru"; aan boord van de "Taian Maru"; op zee tussen Ambon-stad; Roemah Tiga; aan boord tijdens retourtransport tussen Ambon en Java vam 31-8 tot 29-9-1944; Laha; Waijame; op zee tussen Ambon-stad en Raha van 7-10 tot 14-10-1944; aan boord van de "Maros Maru" tussen Ambon en Java van 17-9 tot 25-11-1944; voor de kust van Raha als gevolg van een geallieerde luchtaanval op 8-11-1944; Raha: op zee tussen Raha en Badjoa."

I hope this may of some usefulness.
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Joined: July 20th, 2004, 4:40 pm

October 8th, 2009, 8:52 am #8

My books are in storage, but I definitely have pictures showing middle-aged men with heavy bodies and heavy spectacles running through the streets of Javanese cities clutching their rifles.

By the time of the Japanese attack at least some of the Landstorm infantry units (battalions, companies, 50 men sections) were well equipped with Ford jeeps and Overvalwagen armoured cars. They had been under arms for quite a while by then (since mobilisation) and must have been sick of training and guarding units. And their bellies must have been trimmed down by then.

Always despised by the real KNIL soldiers and their historians (the same fate befell on the parttime Stadswacht - another brainy lot), their military value may not have been topnotch, but it should not be underestimated. As brainy and mature guys they may also have been calm and smart in battle.

Landstormers also served with coastal artillery units in a more static role.

It would be interesting to know which unit he was with and what he did during the Japanese attack (Jan/March 1942). Any clues?
If this is present day Sumber Baru then he worked and lived on Eastern Java.
It is likely though not sure, that he served with one of the Landstorm infantry battalions assigned to the Eastern Java KNIL 3rd Division.
Did the prisoners on Ceram come from Java?
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Joined: October 7th, 2009, 3:48 am

October 8th, 2009, 11:11 am #9

Hello,

Here is a good POW site with a link (scroll down) to the Moluccas camps. IIRC, British (RAF) and Dutch POWs were sent there to work as laborers, and suffered very severely.

http://www.cofepow.org.uk/pages/asia.html

Not at all a place to have been interned. Did he survive the war?
I have been trying to read this.
It's about the 1000 of Amahei.
Very good reading and a lot of pictures both on camps and people.

It's in dutch wisch isn't my strongpoint...

http://www.home.zonnet.nl/henk.verbaars ... mahei%201/

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Melmoth the Wanderer
Melmoth the Wanderer

October 8th, 2009, 3:20 pm #10

If this is present day Sumber Baru then he worked and lived on Eastern Java.
It is likely though not sure, that he served with one of the Landstorm infantry battalions assigned to the Eastern Java KNIL 3rd Division.
Did the prisoners on Ceram come from Java?
Hi Nuyt,

Yes, many prisoners sent to the Moluccas were from Java. Certainly the British RAF personnel who went there were captured on Java.

Best regards,

Sebastian



Slightly OT: Nuyt, you might be interested to know that I found evidence of Japanese utilizing motorcycles with sidecars in the Kendari area in early '42 after the region fell...I presume these were captured Dutch vehicles.
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