William Stuart Fraser
|William Stuart Fraser|
November 24th. 1896.|
|Home town||Parnell, Auckland N.Z.|
|Joined CNCo service||May 23rd. 1929.|
|Left CNCo service||December 31st. 1948.|
May 9th. 1929. Obtained his 2nd. Class Certificate of Competency (Steam), in Hong Kong No. 4706.
May 22nd. 1929. Engaged in Hong Kong by C.N.Co. in a temporary position. Not on Agreement. He had recently been ill for 9 months. Medical report indicated that his health was not very satisfactory. Appointed as 3rd. Engineer on the Suiyang, Chenan I, and Chekiang I.
November 20th. 1932.. Took a short leave in Hong Kong obtaining his 1st. Class Certificate of Competency (Steam) No. 4860 on December 2nd 1932.
May 7th. 1934. Admitted to hospital, returning to the Wanhsien on June 2nd. 1934.
June 12th. 1934. Proceeded on 9 months Home leave from Shanghai to New Zealand, travelling by the Changte.
April 11th. 1937 Appointed to the Chengtu I as 2/E.
June 22nd. 1938. Travelled to Hankow where he joined the Wulin as 3rd. Engineer, being board on December 1st 1938 when the Wulin was attacked by pirates. he was then appointed to the Changsha II, Woosung II, Changsha II, Wusueh, Yochow II, Tug "Tai Koo" II, Anshun I and Chengtu I, finally going on Home leave to New Zealand on October 17th. 1940, travelling by the ship Neptuna.
December 1941 Japanese forces seized the Fatshan II, at Canton, William Stuart Fraser being made a P.O.W. and interned in Canton. He was sent by the Japanese forces to Shanghai arriving there on May 20th. 1942.
August 4th. 1942. Left Shanghai for repatriation on the vessel "Tatuta Maru" for Larenco Marques arriving there on August 27th 1942. Proceeded on the "City of Paris" as a passenger to Bombay, in accordance with J.Swire & Sons instructions; sailing via Durban, Aden, Suez, Aden, arriving at Bombay on October 27th 1942 - alongside October 28th. 1942.
November 3rd 1942. Spent 3 weeks in Bombay hospital prior to being appointed to the Hunan II as an extra Second Engineer.
November 12th. 1944. Hospitalised again at Abadan.
July 21st 1945. In transit - hospital train to Australia.
December 31st 1948. Invalided from the services at New Zealand. Medical reports indicate that he will never be suitable for sea going employment in the East.