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Hermann Friedrich Gleichmann

Survivor | 1885 | Planter

Born in Coburg. In 1914 recruited as an marine artillerist in Tsingtau. 1922: employed with the Nederlandse Stoomvaart Maatschappij. From 1935 to 1940: planter in Bodja (Bojonegoro?), near Semarang. Interned by the Dutch in May 1940 for deportation to India on 18 January 1942. He survives the sinking of the Van Imhoff on 19 January.

The life boat he is in reaches Nias on 22 January and is smashed to pieces on the coral reef by enormous breaker waves. Hermann is handicapped and can not save himself in time. He sadly dies at a short distance from safety.

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