I came across your thread while doing some research for my Grandfather who has a certificate for crossing the International Date Line on the Perida, could you give me any information based on the message below?
My Grandfather is George Herbert Gregory, Army Number 4979538, POW Number 5225 and he was interned on 28th November 1942 at Fukuoka 4B, Moji, Kyushu in the Moji YMCA Building.
He has fairly well documented his time as a POWhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peop...a6451120.shtml
but has huge holes in his memory regarding repatriation, he was returned via Canada (his Domain of the Golden Dragon certificate has him crossing the International Date Line on 23rd October 1945 and the vessel is written on the certificate as "Perida" but this might well be the USS Perdido (then HMS Trouncer). I have since found mentions of the SS Perida or MV Perida in this area so this might well be the correct ship. He vaguely remembers being in Canada but does not remember his journey back to the UK apart from arriving in his home town of Belper (dates are sketchy but his first PO coupon was cashed 05/02/46.)
What I would like to find out is the boat he left for Canada on (I thought it may be Implacable but his certificate for crossing the IDL rules this out as Implacable arrived in Vancouver on October 12th.) his arrival date in Canada, his whereabouts and period of recuperation and then the boat he came back to the UK on and the date and port of arrival.
Anything you can do to help will assist this old soldier in resting a little easier at night.