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Ian Philip Tamworth (1913–2002)

Was a witness for the prosecution at the trial of Major General Shoji Toshishige who had been charged with committing a War Crime “in that he at Hong Kong between the 17th and 26th December 1941, when Commanding Officer of the 230th Infantry Regiment of the 38th Division of the Imperial Japanese Army, was, in violation of the laws and usages of wars, concerned in the ill-treatment and killing of British, Canadian, Chinese and Indian troops and Red Cross personnel after they had been taken prisoners of war”. Ian Tamworth had, at the time, been a prisoner of war at the camp after serving in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps. The trial was held in 1947.

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Life Summary [details]


16 August, 1913
Bideford, Devon, England


21 January, 2002 (aged 88)
Bideford, Devon, England

Cause of Death

cancer (bowel)

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