Terauchi, Hisaichi, born 08-08-1879 in Yamaguchi prefecture, was the eldest son of Prime Minister Terauchi Masatake. He graduated from the 11th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1900, and served in the Russo-Japanese War. After the war, Terauchi returned to the Army Staff College and graduated from the 21st class in 1909. He spent time in as a military attaché in Germany and worked as a lecturer at the Military Academy. In 1919, he was ennobled with the title of hakushaku, count, under the kazoku peerage system and was raised in military rank to colonel. He became a Major General in 1924. In September 1926, the Sanyō Main Line train he was riding on derailed in an accident that killed 34 people, but Terauchi was not injured. Terauchi became Chief of Staff of the Chosen Army in Korea in 1927. After his promotion to Lieutenant General in 1929, he was assigned command of the Imperial Japanese Army 5th Division, nickname “Carp Division” and later transferred to the IJA 4th Division, nickname “Yodo Division” in 1932. In 1934, he became commander of the Taiwan Army of Japan. In October 1935 Terauchi was promoted to full General and became involved with the Kodoha faction in military politics. After the February 26 Incident in 1936 he was the army’s choice as War Minister, which further intensified the conflict between the military and the civilian political parties in the Japanese Diet. Terauchi returned to combat duty when he was given command of the North China Area Army immediately after the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War. He was awarded the 1st class Order of the Rising Sun in 1938, and transferred to command of the Southern Expeditionary Army Group on 06-11-1941 and soon afterwards began devising war plans with Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto
for the Pacific War. After leading the conquest of Southeast Asia, Terauchi established his headquarters in Singapore. Promoted to Field Marshal on 6 June 1943, he moved to the Philippines in May 1944. When this area came under threat, he retreated to Saigon in French Indochina. Upon hearing of the loss of Burma by Japan, he suffered a stroke on 10-05-1945. 680000 Japanese soldiers, in Southeast Asia were surrendered on his behalf in Singapore on 12-09-1945 by General Itagaki Seishiro. Itagaki was hanged in the Sugamo prison in Tokyo, age 63, 23-12-1948.
Death and burial ground of Terauchi, Hisaichi.
Terauchi personally surrendered to Fleet Admiral, Lord Mountbatten on 30-11-1945 in Saigon and died of another stroke while in a prisoner of war camp in Malaya after the end of the war. Memorial to Terauchi in the Japanese Cemetery Park, Singapore. Terauchi surrendered his family heirloom wakizashi short sword to Lord Mountbatten in Saigon in 1945. The sword dates from 1413, and is now kept at Windsor Castle. It was almost the subject of a diplomatic incident in the mid-1980s, when the Queen Mother wanted to place it on prominent display during a dinner held for Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. The Queen vetoed the idea. His grave is at the Japanese Cemetery Park in Singapore.
Cemetery location of Terauchi, Hisaichi.