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Heinrich Ludwig Alwin Böhmer

Victim | 1887 | Engineer in sugar factories

Born in 1887, Harburg ad Elbe. Ex-Tsingtao. 1914: worked with the Rickmers Maritime Line as chief engineer. In August 1914 he was mobilized as engine operator in the 5th mariners battalion in Tsingtau. Interned in the Osaka and Tokushima camps and registered as prisoner nr 4130. In April 1917 he was moved to the Bando camp, prisoner number 26. Released in December 1919.

In 1922 he works in the sugar factory in Ranoepakis, Klakah. In 1930 he works as engineer in the sugar factory in Trangkil near Kudus, Java.

Interned in May 1940. Deported with the Van Imhoff in 1942. Drowned.

On 8 October 2011, grandson Paul Boehmer posts a message at the forum of http://neutralocean.blogspot.com.es/2009/11/van-imhoff-portrait-for-my-opa-and-oma.html. He recalls that his grandfather was on the ss Van Imhoff. Paul’s father who was very young in those days was probably interned together with his mother. He spoke very little on what happened. Paul was touched to finally read the full Van Imhoff tragedy on the internet.

On 28 November 2020 Jutta Böhmer mailed:
"I am the daughter of Hans Joachim Böhmer, oldest son of Heinrich Ludwig Alwin Böhmer. Born 20 March 1923 in Paré, Java. His brother Fritz Böhmer was born 14 July 1925 in Paré,Java.

In WW-I, Heinrich was imprisoned in Tsingtau. On 21 November 1914 in Camp Osaka, on 16 December 1914 in Camp Tokushima (gef.Nr.4130), on 09 April 1917 he was moved to Camp Tokushima and on 16 April 1917 transferred to camp Bando. In December 1919 he was set free.

1919 - 1922 He worked in sugar factory Ranoepakas, Klakah 1922 – 1927 Tegowangi, Kediri
1927 - 1940 Maschinist in sugar factory Trankil, Koedoes

In 1941 he was interned in Camp Allas Vallei, North Sumatra

He drowned on board of the Van Imhoff on 19 January 1942."


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