Moji Camp and Kokura Hospital
Fukuoka #4 Branch Camp
Camp and Kokura Military Hospital:
Note: Partial records and photographs were found in RG331 but were gathered under Fukuoka #22 camp. Kokura Military Hospital research is courtesy of Mark Kelso, of Galveston, Texas. His grandfather died at this hospital, just south of the Moji camp.
See Erickson's webpage on the "Three Hospitals" -- Moji Ward, Kokura Military Hospital, and Shimonoseki Quarantine Station.
Camp Photographs - a series of mostly propaganda pictures showing the facilities.
Description: See Jim Erickson's site on Moji 4-B
Camp Layout: See below.
Aerial Photograph and Location Map:
Aerial of the Shimonoseki - Kokura - Moji area (Kanmon Strait, heavily mined during the war)
See town maps below for camp location.
Aerial 1947-03-12 Aerial 1948-09-24 (courtesy of Japan Map Archives)
Source: Keith J. Clarke Partial story of Arthur George Clarke, Royal Artillery captured on Java. Arrived on Dai Nichi Maru. Clarke perished at the Moji camp, 19 Dec 1942. (PDF File- 8 Kb)
Special Link: Story of Lt. Walter A. Kelso Jr., who died at Kokura Military Hospital, 04 Feb 1945.
Special Pages for all Fukuoka Camps - A must see!
Limited Medical facilities for POWs. A number of the medics were forced to work as stevedores
Numerous hells ships- most of the very sick were taken to this camp where the majority perished. For example, Singapore Maru, Dai Nichi Maru, Brazil (ex Oryoku) Maru.
Japanese Camp Staff
American POW Roster Aug 1945 (Moji 4-B)
Many of the men who perished here are listed under the Hakodate #1 by the Japan POW Research Network.
Deceased Yanks buried in charnel (common grave)- These men perished in Moji as a direct result of mistreatment on the Oryoku Maru-Brazil Maru-Enoura Maru saga in Dec. 1944.
British dead ex Singapore Maru
British Dead en route on the Singapore Maru- Source: Imperial War Museum
British Survivors of the Singapore Maru who survived the Shimonoseki Quarantine Station (across the straits from Moji)
See picture of common grave and crematorium
Fukuoka #4 Moji affidavits
(Source: RG389 Box 2123) War crimes affidavit of Navy Lt (Doctor) L. Bland Williams descibes the gross conditions of the camp (YMCA building) and careless disregard by the Japanese.
Affidavit of Borrie - describes maltreatment of sick & injured
Extract of 1st Lt A.W. Balfanz- notes arrival on Brazil Maru and death rate.
Affidavit of British doctor Berkeley- describes in detail conditions and treatment of the prisoners.
US military district map, 1945
US military map, 1945