Born: October 1906
Died: 3 January 1944
Service number: 1873397
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers
Family information: Son of Mr John T and Mrs Jane Glover of 55 Highfields,
Ernest Glover enlisted in the Royal Engineers on the seventh of
July 1936 at Bradford, giving his age as 24, even though he was 30 and too old
He was posted to Malaya on 16 October 1937. In 1941 he was
moved from 30 to 35 Fortress and was captured by the Japanese on 15
February 1942 during the fall of Singapore. Originally held at the Changi
Prison, he was then moved to the Hakodate Prison Camp on Hokkaido, Japan’s most
There, prisoners were forced to work ten and a half hours a day
with little or no food. Sacks of rice were left out to tempt the starving
prisoners and after Ernest had snatched a handful he was beaten with rifle
butts, kicked and left in the snow. He was left there, his body slowly going
gangrenous, until he died three days later on the third of January 1944.
Captain Kaichi Hirate, the camp’s commandant, was eventually
charged with causing the deaths of Ernest and other prisoners. He was found
guilty and sentenced to execution by hanging in 1946.
Ernest was awarded four medals: 1939-45 Star, Pacific Star,
Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-45.
Ernest Glover was born in 1906 in Hemsworth, Yorkshire,the youngest son of a
family of seven children. His father died when Ernest was six years old after
being badly injured in a mining accident. Ernest attended Southmoor Road School
and left aged 13.
Ernest was employed at South Kirkby Colliery as a miner and after a shot
blasting accident while at work, he decided that rather than return to the
mine, he would join the army, giving a false date of birth as he was too old to
After the war ended, his mother had the house completely redecorated for his
homecoming and rarely left home, expecting him to arrive at any time. News of
his death was not received until December 1945, almost two years after he had
died. During those two years she had received two cards stating that he was
keeping well and hoped to be home soon.
Story submitted by Dorothy Wainwright