Thomas John Rogerson RNR

1883 Dec 21. Born Chelsea, London

1891 census at 280, Shirland Road, Paddington

1901 census at sea presumably

1906 Jul 14. Earns 2nd Mates Cert.

1911 census at 19 Kingswood Avenue, Willesden, London

1911 Nov 14. Earns 1st Mate Certificate.

1913 Dec 22. Earns Masters Cert

1914 Army Record prior to joining RNR. WO 339/74515

1916 Oct 27 Commissioned Sub-Lt in RNR Navy record

1918 Oct 27 Promoted Temp Lt.

1919 Dec 18 Demobilised

1920 Nov 1. Joined ADRIC with service no 945. Posted to H Coy . A note says "Intelligence" on register

1920 Dec 28. Promoted Section Leader

1921 Mar 12 . Posted to C Coy

1921 Apr 2 . Posted to Q Coy

1921 Apr 8 A note on the raid on SS Rathlin Head by Q Coy also says "S.S" beside his name , which I assume is Secret Service

1922 Jan 14 . Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1923 Feb 27 Arrives in Canada from UK

1938 Jan 7. Arrives in San Francisco . He is in transit and has been living in Hong Kong. Master Mariner

1940 Apr 12. Lt in RNR in WW2

Hong Kong fell to the Japanese on Christmas Day 1941 following a brief but intense period of fighting. During the Japanese occupation, Stanley jail and village were used as a prisoner of war and civilian internment camp and the cemetery, which had not been used for more than 70 years, was reopened for burials from the camp. After the war, the cemetery was extended on its northern side when graves were brought in from civilian burial grounds and isolated sites in the surrounding country.

1942 Feb 18. His son tries to get information

1942 Mar 11. Died if a gastric ulcer as a Japanese POW. Had been with HMS Tamar. HMS Tamar was the name for the Royal Navy's base in Hong Kong from 1897 to 1997. It took its name from HMS Tamar, a ship that was used as the base until replaced by buildings ashore. He is buried at Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong CWGC. ROGERSON, Lieutenant, THOMAS JOHN, H.M.S. Tamar. Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. 11th March 1942. Age 52. Son of Charles and Annie Rogerson; husband of Elsie Kate Rogerson, of East Croydon, Surrey. 1. A. 94.

There is a report on his death in TNA ADM 358/1272 Description: Temporary Lieutenant T J Rogerson, RNR: missing; later reported to be a prisoner of war; report of death, Hong Kong