Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Evacuation Vessel the Felix Roussel

Can anyone assist.......
I have been retracing my mother and grandmothers evacuation from Singapore aboard the Felix Roussel. I am presently in New Delhi where they eventually resided following their arrival in Bombay. Do you happen to know where they entered in Bombay?  I will be there in about a week and would like to retrace as much  as possible. Gratefully - Marianne Bouldin. 

4 comments:

Charley Chan said...

My family and myself age 7 was also on the Free French MV Felix Roussel. The ship left Keppel Harbour after we boarded at about 5 p.m. The Japanese Imperial Guards landed the same night at midnight. Australian War Reports recorded 17 Mitsubishi Betty bombers bombed it the following morning in the Banka Straits. Of course, they missed. I remember seeing a dark blue and grey warship and another steamer, Devonshire accompanies us. We arrived at the Bombay harbour but was not permitted to disembark for sometime. My family then took up residence at a former Japanese hotel at the foot of the Malabar hill near the Tower of Silence.

Robin said...

Hello, sorry, I realise over a year has gone by since the original post! My grandfather, A.E. Snowling, was the Master of the Felix Roussel at that time and I have his papers relating to that visit to Singapore. Among the papers are many letters and notes he received from the passengers evacuated from Singapore to India, as well as a number of letters and reports relating to the Japanese aerial bombardment, subsequent repairs etc. I'd be happy to look through these letters and see if there is one from your mother or grandmother..
Robin Hutchinson

jo fox said...

Hello Robin my father and his mother were evacuated from Singapore in 1942. His mother was known as Mrs May Fox and my dad was 2 years old. He was known as Casey. I originally thought they went to Karachi but they definitely lived in Bombay. His mum was Malaysian and married to Bdr Arthur Thomas Neville Fox who was taken prisoner in the fall of Singapore. Do your father's papers contain any information about them? Jo Fox.

Fiery Fox said...

My mother, brother and me were onboard the Felix Roussel when it left Singapore for Bombay on 8 Feb 1942 via the Banka Strait and Sunda Strait. We were attacked by Japanese bombers but did not incur a direct strike. We arrived in Bombay 10 days later. We spent the war years in Naini Tal in The Himalayas where I attended preschool classes. Later we went to Bombay where I was enrolled is St Mary's High School as a boarder and spent 4 years there (1946-49). We returned to Singapore in Dec 1949 and I enrolled at St Joseph's Institution (1950-59). Went to University in KL (1959-64) and MIT in Massachusetts (1979-80) to do my Masters degree in Transportation. Worked in National Electricity Board, Kuala Lumpur (1964-1971) and Port of Singapore Authority, Singapore (1971-2001). Am now retired.--Donald Distant.