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Springer, Hendrik

Date of birth:
March 4th, 1901 (Den Helder, the Netherlands)
Dutch (1815-present, Kingdom)


Hendrik Springer subscribed into the Dutch Royal Navy in 1921.
He left with his family for the Netherlands East Indies on January 12th 1938.
On February 27th 1942 Hendrik Springer was topredoed with the Hr.Ms. de Ruyter during the Battle in the Java Sea. He was a Japanese Prisoner of War on Thailand from March 1942. Hendrik was liberated on August 15th 1945 and returned to the Netherlands on April 8th 1946. He was discharged with honour on September 1st 1946 from the Dutch Royal Navy. Hendrik Springer died in 1972.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Korporaal stoker (Corporal)
Hr.Ms. de Ruyter
Awarded on:
February 22nd, 1951

Number 107680, with bar "JAVA-ZEE 1941-1942"
Oorlogsherinneringskruis (OHK)
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
February 18th, 1948
Received for the many service years in the Dutch East Indies (double service years) and being imprisoned as Prisoner of War in a Japanese prisoners camp.

Number 240477/183 140
Langdurige, eerlijke en trouwe dienst bij de Zeemacht, 36 jaar


  • Photo 1: Frits Leenders
  • - Frits Leenders