Heinrich Ludwig Alwan Böhmer

Victim | 1887 | Engineer / maschinist in sugar factories

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Born in Harburg a.d. Elbe in 1887. In 1914 he 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, registered as prisoner nr 4130. In April 1917 he was moved to the Bando camp with prisoner number 26. Released in December 1919.

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

He marries with Lilli Marie Dorothea Capell.

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

On 8 October 2011, grandson Paul Böhmer posts a message at He recalls that his grandfather was on the ss Van Imhoff. Paul’s father who was very young in those days and 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 the VanImhoff site: I am the daughter of Hans Joachim Böhmer, oldest son of Heinrich Ludwig Alwin Böhmer who was born on 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 Alas Vallei, North Sumatra
He drowned on board of the Van Imhoff on 19 January 1942.

Heinrich Böhmer's death was officially registered in Batavia on 22 August 1949 (ref. attached death certificate)

Death certificate. Source: Burgerlijke Stand Batavia, bijzondere overlijdensregisters 1948-1950, Arsip Nasional, Jakarta.

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