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Amahei Op Ceram

October 7 2009 at 6:02 AM
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Casanunda  (Login Casanunda)
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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?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

 
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henry klom
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Kappert, G

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October 7 2009, 11:25 AM 

he was an accountant at a sugerfactory in Soemberbaroe

 
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soldier

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October 7 2009, 4:03 PM 

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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Flabbergasted

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October 7 2009, 4:14 PM 

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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pictures

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October 7 2009, 7:26 PM 

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
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Re: Amahei Op Ceram

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October 7 2009, 7:34 PM 

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
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My mistake

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October 8 2009, 5:17 AM 

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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Soemberbaroe

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October 8 2009, 10:52 AM 

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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Casanunda
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Amahei

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October 8 2009, 1:11 PM 

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.verbaarschott/kampverhalen/amahei%201/


 
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Melmoth the Wanderer
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Re: Soemberbaroe

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October 8 2009, 5:20 PM 

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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Yes

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October 8 2009, 6:45 PM 

please tell me more!

 
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Melmoth the Wanderer
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Keep an eye out on your email for a PM

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October 8 2009, 8:00 PM 


 
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Casanunda
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Go On

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October 8 2009, 10:46 PM 

I would also hear more...

All information is good.
The more info i get then it's easier to crawl into to his head and get a picture of what kind of a man he was.
What i also wonder about is his wife and kids.....

 
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Casanunda
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Soldier Number

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October 10 2009, 1:13 PM 

I wonder if it's possible to track down a soldier by his inlisting number...

Gerrit Kappert
91995 SGT KNIL

That's what it says on his gravestone in Ambon War Cemetery

91995 must be his number as a soldier.

 
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Ray Hartman Kok
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My Uncle

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October 13 2009, 11:36 PM 

My father an MLD cadet who escaped on board the Kota Baroa, had a brother Geert who he never talked about. I have just found he was also according to the military grave stone at Pandung a Mlt.Sld Ekl.Inf V killed between 1-8 MRT 1942 NUMBER 44822.

He was one of six of my family to died in the conflict.

 
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Re: Keep an eye out on your email for a PM

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October 13 2009, 11:37 PM 


 
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Felix
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RAF Pow to moluccas

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October 31 2009, 3:54 PM 

The Amahei group was a KNIL group that built an airstrip there.

The British POWs from Java were initally sent to Pelauw/Haroekoe and Liang/Ambon.


 
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Rens Verlaat
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KNIL gevangene op Amahei

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November 5 2009, 1:56 PM 

Mijn (overleden) vader N.J. Verlaat (Klaas) was gevangene op Amahei
Ik ben in het bezit v.e. boekwerkje uitgegeven na de oorlog met beschreven ervaringen

 
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Casanunda
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Copy - Kopie

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November 9 2009, 9:55 AM 

Hallo!
Can you make a copy of that brochure and e-mail me that????

Hallo!
Kunt u een kopie van de brochure en stuur mij een kopie?

 
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Casanunda
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Gerrits unit

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November 9 2009, 10:22 AM 

just got this in the mail today..

Gerrit Kappert No:91995
Landst.afd.Djember
Date of capture: 17 3 9 (what date is that?)

I'll send you a copy of the card in the mail!

 
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