Research & Articles by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (Retired), JP
Research, Interviews and Articles about the Prisoners Of War of the Japanese who built the Burma to Thailand railway during world war two. Focusing on the doctors and medical staff among the prisoners. Also organised trips to Thailand twice a year.
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Name: Mike
Location UK 20.11.2014
Comments: Hi Ray. Roys train is actually recorded as leaving on 31.10.1942 and it is "R Party". A home address is shown as Roundthorn Road, Oldham. George Cross is shown as being on the same train and HIS liberation questionaire shows Chunkai as the first camp he arrived at, and stayed until Jan 43. He lists his following camps (his spelling) as Ban Cow, Takanun and Brenkassi so they must have become seperated. Sorry I cant trace any more links for them
   
   
Name: Ray Collins
Location Lancashire, England
Email: ray.collins@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: Dear Mike, I am searching for more information about my father Cpl. Roy Collins S/N 7633272. He was with the RAOC Light Aid Detachment 55th Infantry Brigade 18th Division. Like many of the POW’s who were captured at Singapore he seldom talked about his experience. Towards the end of his life he did talk more openly about his journey from England to Singapore on Convoy William Sail and he also recalled some of the incidents from Changi and leaving there for Ban Pong. However, the only camps he mentioned were Nong Pladuk, Kanchan and Ubon. In his liberation questionnaire he recorded camps as Nong Pladuk 1943-1944 and Ubon 1945, leaving Changi on the 27th Oct 1942. If this last date is correct would this be the ‘V’ party? Is it possible he could have stayed at Nong Pladuk from 1942 until 1945? I know he worked in Hashimoto’s Workshops at Nong Pladuk for a time (stated in Q4 of his Liberation Questionnaire). He also says that the camp commander was Col. Toosey (who I believe was at Tamarkan until 1943), so could it be that he moved to other camps under Toosey’s command and returned to Nong Pladuk in Dec 1943? And could the Kanchan he mentioned be Kanchanaburi?. One of his RAOC comrades at Changi was George Cross S/N 7683301. They may have been separated but I believe George went on to Chungkai. Many questions I know but I would be truly grateful for any information, thank you.
   
   
Name: Rosemarie Van Mechelen
Location Cornwall, England
Comments: I am trying to find out which camp my uncle was in, his name was Frank Ernest Howard he was an Aircraftsman 1st Class and his number was 1293790. he was one the Hofuku Maru when it was bombed and died so I never met him. Can you tell me how I can find out the camp please.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 17.11.2014
Comments: Susan (re Leslie Thomas Wright) It appears that he was on the hellship Lisbon Maru when it was torpedoed by the USS Grouper on 30th September 1942. Over 1000 men died. I believe he ended up in a POW camp at Osaka but cannot find evidence yet.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 17.11.2014
Comments: Hi Susan (re Thomas Prior), As you will see if you read the post below, your grandfather was in the same regiment and suffered likewise. He was sent to the railroad just 2 days later on 27.04.1943 but was laid to rest a month later.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 17.11.2014
Comments: Hi Lisa (re Albert Parnell). I can only add a little bit of info. for you. He was sent to the railroad on 25.04.1943 (Sun-Krai) which makes him a member of the dreaded "F Force" who suffered the most deaths through attrocious treatment. For example "At Sonkrai where conditions were worst, the I.J.A. engineering officer, Lt. Abe himself came into the officers' quarters, and asking to see the six officers who were most seriously ill (of whom three subsequently died) said, "Unless more men are produced for work tomorrow, I will send my men to take these officers out to work." This engineer officer was conspicuous at all times in failing to stop the brutal treatment of prisoners by his men, even if it happened in his presence. Of the 1600 men who were originally sent to Sonkrai camp in May, 1200 were already dead and 200 more were still in hospital, of whom many are not expected to recover. Many petitions and appeals were made to Lt. Abe but he treated them with contempt. The result would have been worse if it had not been for the arrival of Lt. Wakabayashi (of the Malayan P.O.W. Administration) in Sonkrai camp at the beginning of August. From the day of his arrival things gradually improved." By the fact that he ended up at Kranji, this would suggest that he was probably in the hospital there, but I do not have evidence. In his file is also written ... x8(NZ) .... this may mean that he was taken by Hospital ship to New Zealand for recovery when liberated.
   
   
Name: Gavin
Location Jones
Email: gavin@70-seven.com
Website: 70-seven.com
Comments: I am trying to trace my grandfathers rank and service number. He was a POW and worked on the Burmese Railway and Kwai Bridge. His name was John Edward Jones. Anything would be helpful. Thanks. Gavin
   
   
Name: chloe curtis
Location sheffield
Email: chloecurtis101@gmail.com
Comments: i would like to know more info on Harold percival who was my great grandad.  
   
   
Name: Denise Galvin
Location Spain
Email: denise@teking.es
Comments: My great uncle Stanley T Galvin from Meadow Flat, NSW, Australia died as a prisoner of war in 1945, he was working on the Thai-Burma railway at the time. My late father located his headstone in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. Would be grateful to receive any information from anyone who can fill in some gaps about his capture and experience as a POW.
   
   
Name: Lisa clure
Location Manchester
Email: lisa clure
Comments: Hi Mike, just been reading your comments and amazing how much information you can provide.  I'm hoping you might be able to help me find some information on my great grandfather. My Grand Father name was Albert Parnell, DOB 03/03/1912,   18th Recce, 5th Bn The loyal regt. Ref 4133553 I've located his Liberation questionnaire and know he was based at the below sites:- Changi 15/5/1942 River valley 1942 Sun Kari 1942 Tanbaya Burma 1943 Camberra Siam 1943 Singapore 1943 Kanji 1945 I would love to find out more information about him.  Thank you.
   
   
Name: Janet Marsh
Location London UK
Comments: Hello, I am looking for information about my late uncle Sergeant Leslie Thomas Wright Service No 6203234 The Middlesex Regiment. He was serving in Hong Kong at the outbreak of WW2 and immediately interned as a POW. I would like to find out where he was sent if possible. He never spoke about his experience which affected him deeply.
   
   
Name: Leah cowley
Location Gold Coast
Email: Toleah@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Thank you Mr Moffat. That is certainly my Grandpa. It really has helped me to find out more about him. The family said he came back a different man . But  surviving 28+ months in those jungle camps would change anyone. He was a good Grandpa to me though. If they were given anything made in Japan he would smash it. And after hearing just a few of his stories You couldn't blame him. Once again thankyou. 
   
   
Name: June Leeke
Location United Kingdom
Email: juneleeke@aol.com
Comments: I wondered if anyone had any information about my uncle Able Seaman Victor Arthur George Williams. He was on HMS Exeter when it sunk 01/03/1942. All I know is that he was a POw in Nagasaki where he died.
   
   
Name: William
Location Northern Ireland
Email: williamstrain007@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hello all, I am trying to track down information about my Great Uncle called Hugh Craig. As far as I am away he was in the Navy in the Second World War and was captured and sent to a POW Camp in Burma. If anyone can help me track down concrete information about him and his efforts in the War, I would be eternally grateful, thank you.
   
   
Name: Susan Greenall
Location Wigan Lancs
Email: smg11jade@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: My grandfather Sergeant Thomas Prior 3854144 18th(5th Bn,The Loyal Regt)Reconnaissance Corps.His gave is in the Thanbyzayat cemetary
   
   
Name: Leah Cowley
Location Gold Coast
Email: Toleah@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Sorry I must have pushed the wrong button. So I'm not sure you got the first email, I wonder if you have any information on  "Charles Cowley" he was in  The British army . He told me stories about raiding the Japanese at night. It was the only time he got the gleem back in his eyes . He was in Singapore and  did survive the camp . However  he passed  many many years later due to complications to his organs from the malnutrition they experienced back then, so I suppose it still got him in the end. Even if you could point me in the right direction that would be great. Kind Regards Leah Cowley . Lest we forget 
   
   
Name: Judy selby-Boothroyd
Location cornwall
Email: judy selby-boothroy
Comments: I have found a great deal of information regarding my uncles POW years. He was in Singapore for the first few months of his capture then taken to Tiawan on the hell ship MARU England he was to work down the copper mines for the duration he survived and was rescued by the American Navy. I have the whole story now as some other chaps with him wrote a book which is very enlightening this book also contains pictures of the captors and there punishment in the war trials that followed. Although I found the book and what did happened to my uncle extremely upsetting I also feel very proud of my uncle was he known by any one else SGt David Dewsnap. I now also have his medalswhich the Army gave me. My uncle refused them after the war.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Jeal
Location Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway
Email: bobbie_jeal@sky.com
Comments: Hi Mike - I'm having trouble finding information on my dad's war service. His name was Robert Ingram and he was a private enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders in Aberdeen on November 30th, 1934, at the age of 19. I have a Certificate of Service booklet in which a serial number appears - Gord Hrs 1768 Mo and according to which he served at home until March 2nd, 1937. He was then transferred to Malaya on March 3rd, 1937 (he would die on that same date 24 years laters in 1961) and served in Malaya until February 14th, 1942, at which point he became a Japanese PoW - 3 years and 244 days. He apparently arrived back in Scotland on October 17th, 1945 and was transferred to the Army Reserve on May 5th, 1946. This seems a lot of information; however, I would like to know where he spent his PoW years, what campaigns he took part in and any other information that is generally available. If there are any reading materials you could suggest, I would be delighted. Hoping you can help me - many thanks, Bobbie
   
   
Name: Wilma Mackenzie
Location Scotland
Email: wilmac11@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: My mothers brother was Private Hamish Gordon, 2nd Battalion Argyll And Seaforth Highlanders, No 2979473, buried in Kanchanburi War Cemetery 6F 75. He died 5th December 1943. Burma - thailand railway. Any other info greatly appreciated.
   
   
Name: Gayathri Gill
Location Singapore
Email: gayathri_kaur_gill@nlb.gov.sg
Comments: Dear Mike, I read the counless replies that you have helped people with finding information on their kins. I am with the National Archives of Singapore and we receive enquiries on relatives looking for more information on their family who were POWs. Really appreciate if you could share your resources on how you got such useful and important imformation. Would really like to learn from you, with the passion to help others who come to us. For our resources are limited and I know that any information provided to the current generation means so much of closure. look forward to hearing from you.
   
   
Name: Per Tistrand
Location Sweden
Email: solvarv@hotmail.se
Comments: My father was Captain Torkel Tistrand . He served during World war two on the Swedish ships Gripsholm. I wonder if someone remembers him. Sorry ror my bad Spelling . I have a side on Facebook named ***Svenska Amerika Linien*** Pleace try to check it in oki :)
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 20.10.2014
Comments: Hi Paul (re Walter Henry Bridges ). Walter regiment was on Java when the surrender occurred. (appx 8.03.1942). On 29.10.42 he was shipped to Singapore and then onward to Moji in Japan. Two hellships sailed together, the Singapore Maru and the Dainichi Maru. The conditions on these two ships was deplorable with 80 dying on the Dainichi Maru, and 108 dying on the Singapore Maru. Arriving on 25.11.42 most of the men were taken to Fukuoka #4 Camp. Walter died as a result of the journey a few days later on 02.12.42. You ask why they were sent to Japan, they were slave labour to replace the Japanese men who were away fighting.
   
   
Name: paul BRIDGES
Location West Midlands, United Kingdom
Email: paulbridges@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi, looking for more info on Gunner Walter Henry Bridges of the Royal Artillery 12 bty 6 H AA Regt who died as a POW in Japan in DEc 1942 and buried at Yokohama Cemetery.  Where we would have likely fought, why sent to Japan and any idea of which camp? Any info much appreciated
   
   
Name: William Wilson
Location Newburgh
Email: williamwilson1946@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Thanks for your reply, it has been  very helpful.  I also found out today, that his unit were actually stationed in Penang Garrison until it was evacuated  about 16th December 1941.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 18.10.2014
Comments: Hi William, (re Sapper George Gilmour ). The events for George are probably very similar to that I have posted as a reply to Rachel. Geoge left Changi just 3 days later on train 8, on 22.03.1943, and was therefore also a member of D Force. I do not have any details concerning his death, but his "capture" is the date when Singapore was surrendered and all the men were ordered to lay down arms. 36 Fortress Coy were the Command Engineers, and one of 12 divisions that had specialised skills.
   
   
Name: William Wilson
Location Newburgh
Email: williamwilson1946@hotmail.co.uk10
Comments: I am trying to find info. on 1874644 Sapper George Gilmour 36 Fortress Coy. R.E. age 26, who was a POW, died on 10th. October 1943 and is buried in Chungkai War Cemetery. He was captured on 15th February 1942, I am hoping to get info re his capture or death. Thank you.
   
   
Name: Rachel McKie
Location Dumfries, Scotland
Email: rachelmckie@aol.com
Comments: Thank you so very much Mike for getting back to me so promptly.  My brother and I have no information about our paternal grandfather.  Your efforts are much appreciated.  Best wishes, Rachel McKie
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 16.10.2014
Comments: Hi Rachel, (re Private Arthur Watson) . 6th Battalion Norfolk Regiment , service number 5774162. Address shown as 145 High Street, Dumfries, Scotland. (maybe parents address ?) The 6th battalion were responsible for defending the north side of Singapore, and in the final days retreated to the naval base, where they joined with the 2nd Cambridgeshires. After Singapore capitulated on 15th February 1942, Arthur then spent a year in Changi. On 19.03.1943 he was sent to Siam in train 5, as part of “D” Force. From Ban Pong he probably had to march to Kanchanaburi , and seeing this had a hospital I think it a strong possibility he never got any further. Someone from the 6th who travelled on the same train, states his next camp was Takanoon which he reached on 02.05.1943 and remained until 20.03.1944, so there is the possibility that this was Arthurs resting place.
   
   
Name: Rachel McKie
Location Dumfries, Scotland
Email: rachelmckie@aol.com
Comments: Looking for any information on private Arthur Watson of the Norfolk rifles, England.  Died May 1943.  Prisoner of war on Burma road.  Buried in Thailand.  Father and mother Arthur and Alice Watson and wife lillian Watson from mattishall, Norfolk, England.  Arthur  is my paternal grandfather.  My brother and I would be very grateful for any information about him.  Thank you.
   
   
Name: Robert Booth
Location Norfolk
Email: Bobbooth56@gmail.com
Comments: My wife is looking for information on her uncle. He apparently worked on the Burmese railway. His name was Alexander (Eck) Carcary. Sadly he passed away in 1976, we believe he was in the Royal Scots Greys. Any information would be greatly received.
   
   
Name: Karen Harvey
Location Essex, England
Email: karenaharvey@btinternet.com
Comments: My husband sent me this link because he is aware that I have an ancestral connection to a relative who lost his life in Burma with the Suffolk Regiment - 5th Battalion. I gather from reading this site that the connections are mostly Australian POW's. However, if anyone is aware of any links that I could connect with for further information of the plight of our heroes, I would be most grateful for a response.
   
   
Name: louis simpkins
Location england
Email: lousimmo13@aol.com
Comments: my step dad served in the RAF and was captured in burma around 1941. his name is Harry Carr and i am trying to track his service history.
   
   
Name: Alice Lee MacDonald
Location Lewes, De., USA
Email: lsadleir1@verizon.net
Comments: I am looking for info about my Aunt & Cousin. They were in a POW camp in Shanghai. I believe they were freed in 1945. There names are Lydia and Alexander MacDonald. Believe they were from Sydney, Au.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Winger
Location Perth WA
Comments: A very interesting site , I will add this site to my favourites , glad I met you and your lovely wife on the train ;) 
   
   
Name: sharon fair
Location Australia
Email: sharonfair@dodo.com.au
Comments: I am looking for info on my great uncle. Private Richens Charles Stewart Abrahams Service Number NX67191  2/10 AGH 8th Division. POW Osaka, Singapore Malacca, Japan. any info would be great, Also can you recommend any reading on this> Thanking you Sharon
   
   
Name: Lyn Goodale
Location queensland
Email: miffy.dog@bigpond.com
Comments: Trying to trace my husbands uncles Peter Butterworth and Francis Butterworth both taken prisoners of war in Changi, Born Nebo Qld and died Nebo Qld
   
   
Name: Tony Mort
Location Wellington, New Zealand
Email: mort@dorimor.co.nz
Comments: Response to posting by Christine Prangnell re William Daniel Elverson. UK Commonwealth War Graves has a listing for William Daniel Buller Elverson, age 49, b. abt 1893; d. 16 feb 1942; Father: Daniel Elverson; Mother: Elizabeth Sarah Elverson; Service No: P/K 55342; Sto. P.O.; RN HMS Danae; Husband of Harriet Elverson of Milton, Southsea, Hampshire; Panel 92 on Portsmouth Naval Memorial for those who died on shore; Burial Country shown as England. Above information extracted via www. Ancestry.co.uk --- hope this helps
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 01.10.2014
Comments: Hi Christine, It doesnt sound like he was ever a POW, as he was one of over 100 missing, presumed killed at HMS Sultan shore base, on the day after the fall of Singapore. It does seem rather unusual that he is not listed on the Kranji memorial though. If you want to see the full list of the MPK go to this website: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1942-02FEB.htm
   
   
Name: christine Prangnell
Location hampshire
Comments: Hi.I am looking for information about my grandfather William Daniel Elverson, Petty Officer, P/K 55342. He served on HMS Deane and was last listed as serving at HMS Sultan Singapore when it fell to the Japanese. He is listed as MPK 16th February 1942 but was he PoW somewhere? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
   
   
Name: Tracey Curtis
Location Shepparton Victoria
Email: sbcurtis@bigpond.net.au
Comments: I was wondering if anyone has any information on Keith Douglas Bell, he was in 2/9 field ambulance and was a prisoner of war. Date of Birth 12 May 1921. His service number was VX25618. I have been searching for information on the internet, but haven't found a lot. Anything would be very much appreciated.
   
   
Name: Josephine bewers
Location Essex
Comments: My uncle herb was a prisoner  of war on  the Burma railway died 6th September 1943
   
   
Name: William Davies
Location Holmes Chapel
Email: williamgdavies1942@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: Hi Mike, I am really touched with the information you have sent me so far and I look forward to your e mail as mentioned with keen anticipation. Regards, Bill
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 14.09.2014
Comments: Bill, sorry info. below is wrong. It was 12.10.1942, which is NOT 'Y' Party, but part of No.2 Group.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 14.09.2014
Comments: Hi Bill, ( re Ernest Hill) Thanks, email recieved to confirm I had the right person. Your Uncle was with the Royal Artillery as part of the 9th Coast Regiment. Sent to the Siam Railway on 24.10.1942 as part of 'Y' Party. More information being sent by email.
   
   
Name: Helen Palmer
Location England
Email: nigel.palmer@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: BURMA P.O.W Private Frederick Stanley SCOWBY  British Army I'st Battalion  West Yorkshire Regiment    Have date 20th April 1942 but not sure if this is true. Have been looking for any information on my Grandfather for my mother, Fred had a little medical first Aid so they put him to work in the hospital . He was tallish and used to crouch when he walked because he thought if he stood out he would be shot.He hated Japan its food and would not have anything to do with any of it Hated rice. Thats all we know about his time we do have a photo with him as a pall bearer . from his time in the Army but not sure where its from.. When he returned to his father , he got chucked out the home after couple weeks because he didnt have a job.For some the war was a thing you couldnt just get over , in a couple of weeks. Any help regarding my grandads time there we all would love to know. Many Thanks Helen Ps. Wouldnt it be great if someone did a "remember our hell "Where everyone can come put a few details about the relative and photo ,Be nice  to say thanks or remember me ,storys from everyone . Thanks 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 13.09.2014
Comments: Bill, (re Ernest Hill), I may have a possible lead on him with a Liverpool connection. Did your mother , and Ernest, have a sister named Mrs McKinley ?
   
   
Name: William Davies
Location cheshire
Email: williamgdavies1942@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: I am looking for information on my mothers brother Ernest Hill, born Liverpool 1915. Regular soldier who was taken by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore. Like so many ex prisoners he did not discuss his time as a prisoner so I have little information about his service or his captivity. Having researched my grandfather and Ernest's brothers military service I am longing to find out more about his captivity before it is too late as I am now in my seventies. I think Ernest was in the artillary and although I knew him throuhout his life I have no further information. He was Ernest Hill, Born 1915 in Wavertree , Liverpool, a regular soldier who "joined up" in the 1930.s. I have tried all the usual "pay sites" and I havefailed. I would be so pleased if anyone can help me to research Ernie.s Service and captivity. Thank you, Bill Davies
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 12.09.2014
Comments: James, There were 4 David Jenkins taken as POWs. 1 was RAF and 3 Army. 1 gave his next of kin, father, as living in Carmarthen. Another gave an address of Llanelly (I think, as its very feint). Have you any further info, to help identify which one ? I can see no trace of anyone named Peter Jefferson.
   
   
Name: James
Comments: Hello, I am looking for any information on a David Jenkins, from Cardiff, Wales, who was a POW on the Burma Railroad where the camp doctor was a Major Peter Jefferson. If anyone has any information on David or indeed Major Jefferson and the camp where they were situated then I would be very grateful! Best wishes, James
   
   
Name: Neil Fleming
Location United Kingdom
Email: nrfleming@btinternet.com
Website: none
Comments: My Uncle was Private J Howe, Australian 8th A.I.F he saile for Singapore and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. I have 2 postcards that were sent home from the camp to his Mother. The Japanese pre printed them saying that all was good in the camps only allowing one line at the bottom such as "Keep your chins up love Bill. I camp was - Camp No 3 Nike Thailand and the other was Camp Moulmein Burma. He was prisoner 1513 He survived and returned to Australia after 1945.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 04.09.2014
Comments: Hi Hazel. I dont have much information for you. Your father was on the very first train to leave Singapore for Siam, on 18th June 1942. This was known as the 'First Mainland Party' and over one week 3,000 men were transported in the cattle trucks. Their task initially was to build the housing camp at Non Pluduc to house future work parties en route for up country. These troops were also involved in building the railway through to Kanchanaburi, assisted by Thai workers. I do not have any further camp details, but this would hopefully be on his Liberation Questionaire if you apply for it.
   
   
Name: Hazel Connelly
Location Lancashire
Email: hazel93@live.com
Comments: Hi my father was a driver in the Royal Engineers his name was Thomas Mead his number was 2137728. I don't know which camps he was in. I know he was posted to 288 F coy. He embarked for o/s in November 1941. I would love to know more if anyone has any information.
   
   
Name: Callie
Location Melbourne, Australia
Email: cat23@live.com.au
Comments: I'm trying to research my husband's grandfather but I don't have much information as a starting point.  His name was Bernard Odath , born 1905 in Madras,  India.  According to his daughter he was a POW of the Japanese,  which camp I don't know, and survived because of his ability to read palms which was a valued art apparently.  Not much info to go on but I would appreciate any leads you could give me. 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 28.08.2014
Comments: Jason, can you post with an email, I have to ask some questions. Mike
   
   
Name: Jason Hunter
Location Swindon
Comments: I am trying to locate information on my wife's Grandfather. He was Kenneth John Norman and we have only just found out he was a POW he never told the grandchildren he was in the WAR but my wife's step mum let her know as her Dad is really ill. He was born in 1914 lived in Bristol all his life and recuperated in Australia before being repatriated. I'm sorry I can't provide more information but this is all we have.
   
   
Name: Honor Gordon
Location wigan.uk
Email: Honorgordon@gmail.com
Comments: I am seeking details on my grandfather who was Sgt David Watso army no 2749170 he was in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlaners in 1942 and imprisoned in Changi  I am doing a memory book for my mother who was evacuated from Singapore
   
   
Name: Terry
Location UK
Email: terrywho@onetel.com
Comments: Any help in finding any info re my father's sister's husband - Ernest Henry Scott (father Albert - farmer) reputedly from Montreal, Canada who was a Japanese POW. He lived in Hull for a while after the war.
   
   
Name: Gerard Vaz
Location Brisbane
Email: g.vaz56@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I have been trying all my life to trace my grandfather's trail as a WW. II  -  POW Name: Valentine Vaz Rank: W.O.  II.      No.: 3975864 Unit: Welch Regt. 4 yrs 5 months 27-3-41  To  10-8-45 Unit: R.A.S.C.       2 yrs 7 months 11-8-45  To  25-2-48 Service in India 27-3-41 To 15-9-41 Service abroad in Malaya 16-9-41 To 14-2-42 P.O.W - (Japanese) 3 yrs 7 months from 15-2-42 To 11-9-45 Class A  Release.  Discharged  overseas Kindly  contact me anytime (mob.: 0407157908 or email: g.vaz56@yahoo.com.au) in case you may have any information regarding where his group might have been held.....It would be a great honour for me to walk that trail......please try your best ... best regards,  Gerard Vaz
   
   
Name: Helen
Location Sydney
Email: helenmarie.leis@hotmail.com
Comments: Looking for information on my grandfather, William Harold Henry Harper, Service no.NX2864 DOB 16/08/1914
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 17.08.2014
Comments: Hi Carol ( re Frank Hugh Wright). He was never in Changi, Singapore. Married to Enid and lived at 5, Trixon Road, London SW8. Service number 1827135. 35 Light Anti Aircraft Regiment (35 LAA). Captured in Batavia, Java. Sent to Japan 29.10.42. Imprisoned at Fukuoka Camp 4B. Died just after arrival on 04.12.1942. Remembered on the Yokohama Cremation Memorial , panel 4.
   
   
Name: Carol
Location Manchester, uk
Comments: Hi, I am trying to find any information on a relative called Frank Wright who died during WW2 in Changi prison. I'm afraid at the moment I have no more information apart from the fact that he was married to Enid Many thanks!
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 16.08.2014
Comments: Margaret. You are going to have to give us a bit more information than just that. Do you know his regiment, his service number, his address in 1942, was he definately a POW, was he in Singapore or Hong Kong etc etc etc. You may not know all the answers but list what you have to help us. There were 7 men of the same name taken prisoner.
   
   
Name: margaret mcmillan
Location fife scotland
Email: margarethunter180655@hotmail.com
Comments: i would like to know any info on my dad William hunter who served from 1939 till 1945 thankyou.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 11.08.2014
Comments: Hi Valerie, Here is a little information regarding your Grandfather: Private PYE, SYDNEY STEPHEN LEONARD. Australian Army. 2/26 Australian Infantry Battalion. Service Number QX13747. Born 5 Nov 1912, BRISBANE, Queensland. Enlistment KELVIN GROVE, Queensland. Next of kin WEBB, WINIFRED. Or Sasette Borton . Died 9th December 1943. Place of death: Thanbaya Hospital Camp, Burma. Cause of death: Dysentery. Grave: A15. A. 6. Thanbyuzayat Cemetery, Burma.
   
   
Name: Valerie Pronio-Stelluto MD
Location Boston, MA
Email: valerie_pronio-stelluto@hms.harvard.edu
Comments: I am looking for information on my Australian grandfather, Stephen Sydney Leonard Pye, who was known to be a prisoner of War of the Japanese. Thank your for your help. With heartfelt appreciation, Valerie
   
   
Name: Cori Baker
Location United States
Email: kohsamui2001@ymail.com
Comments: Update - "Letter to my grandfather (US air group, Wesley H. Stevens) who received a letter from a British POW named Robert Henry (Harry) Roughly".  I have learned some more information regarding Petty Officer Roughly - his service number is 146250, and was captured 25 Dec 1941.  He was a Telegraphist in the Royal Navy.  I have also learned that he was a survivor of the of the Lisbon Maru.  It seems the group of POWs he was with were moved around to a few different camps near Kobe - In 1945, he ended up at Wakinohama, Kobe City which was renamed Osaka #2...this is where the 29 August 1945 "drop" was made.  As I expected, Mr Roughly has passed, but I would be very happy if I could locate some family of his. I still have the actual letter he sent to my grandfather - I believe this letter could be really special to his family and/or friend.  In addition, it would be wonderful to find any other POWs (or family) who were in this camp that may remember Mr Roughly and/or the Releigh cigarettes/gum...it seems there were about 50 men who dashed for it.  He shared them with the camp, because he sends thanks from the the rest of the men too.  He does mention that the camp is mostly British, so it's a little more difficult for me to locate anyone (I am in the US).   I would be grateful for any assistance. Thank you to Jonathan M. and Tony B. for the help and info that you have already supplied to me.   Again P.O. Tel Henry Roughly was in the Royal Navy and lived in Mold, Flintshire, N Wales during the war.  It seems he passed in 1979 while living in Bournemouth, Dorest.  Warmly, Cori Baker 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 09.08.2014
Comments: Hi Chris (re Albert James). Not much useful information I’m afraid. Service number 5777030, member of the 4th Battalion Norfolk Regiment. Home address shown as 49a Lister Hill, Dewsbury. Initially in Changi, and then out on Work Parties, which could have been docks, road repairs or many other tasks. Sent by train to the Burma / Siam Railroad on 21.10.1942. Unfortunately I cannot trace which camps he went to, but I will email to give some guidance as to where you might get this information. At some point he returned to River Valley Camp in Singapore, and was then sent overseas, but the file merely says 7/44 without giving an exact date to be able to locate the hellship or destination. What you need is a copy of his Liberation Questionnaire (if he completed one) and I will send you details of how to get this.
   
   
Name: Cori Baker
Location United States
Email: kohsamui2001@ymail.com
Comments: Hello, I am searching for a British man (or his family) named "R. H. Roughly"...he went by the name Harry.  He was at a POW camp at Kobe Japan during WW2.  My grandfather who was a US Torpedo airman (VT - 16/ Wesley H Stevens) in 1945.  One August day, my grandfather flew over and dropped a carton of cigarettes and some other items over this particular POW camp (according to Harry - it was mostly British men who were there.  My grandpa must have attached his address to something, because this man actually wrote him a thank you letter for the items...which I still have in my possession.  I would love to reach out to him if he is still living or any members of his family.  The letter was dated 12 Oct 1945 - The return address was R. H Roughly P.O. Tel R.N. 49 Bromfield Park, Mold Flintshire, North Wales.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Cori 
   
   
Name: Chris James
Location Ossett
Email: Chris_james50@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi, I am searching for any info on my late father Albert James.all I  know is he was in the royal norfolks and was taken prisoner in Singapore
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Alan (re Alexander Mitchel Johnstone ) have you any documents/paybooks etc that might give us his service number or any other useful information. The numbers might be 323102 or 872398. Do you know if he was taken prisoner in Singapore or Hong Kong?
   
   
Name: Carole
Location Australia
Email: Staaly@hotmail.com
Comments: After recently discovering letters from my grandfather Alan Knight RA. I can now piece together some of his life but need to fill some holes. He was in Changi for a long period and at the end of the war was flown to Rangoon I believe. His last letter was the 7th Sep 1945 due to fly home the next day but the plane crashed over Burma somewhere. Anyone who can fill in more these letters are my most precious possessions, I just want to fill in gaps. Thankyou.
   
   
Name: Hamish
Location India
Email: hamish.jyrwa@gmail.com
Website: nil
Comments: I am looking for information on my granpa Late Henry Phillips. The only information I have is that he served in the British Army and was in Burma and India.
   
   
Name: Alan Grant
Location Stenhousemuir
Comments: Hi, I am looking for information about my grandfather Alexander Mitchel Johnstone who was an Argll and sutherland highlander and also a japanese pow camp survivor, he did not talk about the war and has sadly passed away , any information would be much appreciated
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 28.07.2014
Comments: Hi Bethany, (re Ernest Raymond O'Brien). Your posting raised several questions. Firstly you stated that he was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery yet his service number shows that he enlisted in The Gloucestershire Regiment. Upon finding him in the POW list it showed his date of capture as 17.03.1942, which is not a common date compared to those who were captured at Singapore (15.02.1942) or those captured on Java (08.03.1942). Eventually the date of 17.03.1942 led me to a group who were captured at Padang in Sumatra, having escaped from Singapore in the final days before the surrender. The files from Changi show him as “missing” and then record him as “now with No. 3 Group Burma”. This list then identified him as being a member of the 3rd Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, (3HAA) so that confirms that at some point he had transferred from the Gloucestershire Regiment to the Royal Artillery. The probability is that he was sent on either the hellship ‘England Maru’ or the ‘Kyokusei Maru’ on 16.05.1942, from Belawan in Sumatra to Mergui in Burma, where he would have worked on the northern end of the railroad. The probability is that he was later sent south into Siam at Kanchanabri, from where he was liberated.
   
   
Name: Bethany Seager
Location Stroud, Gloucestershire
Email: Bumblebees666@hotmail.com
Comments: Looking for info on my grandfather Ernest Raymond O'Brien. Born 9th February 1919, Stroud. Served in the royal artillery as a gunner. Service dates roughly are 1938-1945. His service number is 5182819. He served in Burma and was captured by the Japanese, escaped and then was re-captured. He was awarded the Burma star. 
   
   
Name: Sean Patrick Mulroy
Location Geelong Australia
Email: snibbs@ncable.net.au
Comments: My Grand Uncle : Terence Patrick Mulroy, Lieutenant ,Number:203861, (Sherwood Foresters) was killed during the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru, on a website i found the initial's of BA next to his name, could be classed as a "Bravery Award " , the family story goes he went below deck to use the radio during the sinking to send out a mayday call ?, I do have 2 typed pages of the battle of Singapore which must be his ,it was found with papers from his Mum ( my Grand Mother) after she passed away.
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Allen (re Frederick John Willey ) email sent on 21st.
   
   
Name: Allan
Location Australia
Email: madgeandallan1977@gmail.com
Comments: i am desperate for help about Frederick John Willey born 28 Apr 1912 Service number T/36966 (English) Unit 5th Anti Aircraft Regt, B Company based in Hong Kong, he held the rank of Gunner. He stated he was in Hong Kong when hostilities broke out with Japan in 1941 and became a POW of the Japanese from Christmas Day 1941 until August 1945. He stated he held the following medals: 1939/45 Star Pacific Star Defence Medal War Medal Service Medal Distinguished Conduct Medal (second only to the Victoria Cross) He said he was repatriated to Australia in October 1945. Whilst he did live in Australia I can find no reocrd of him prior to 1958. I need to find out if in fact he was a POW. Thanks very much.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 20.07.2014
Comments: Hi Jill, re George Edward Goodman, 7262248, 35Company RAMC. Captured 14.02.1942 Singapore. Address of mother shown as Mrs Corrigan, 3 Caris Street, Gateshead, Co. Durham. He was sent overseas on 16.08.1942 as part of the Special Party B. This was the shipment that saw all the highest ranking officers leaving Singapore, including Lt. Gen. Percival, all the Maj. Generals, any many Brig. and Colonels. At the dockside they were all meant to board the “England Maru”, but as they could not all get onboard a second ship was also used called the “Fukkai Maru”. These two ships sailed in convoy, and upon reaching Formosa, the high ranking officers were sent to Heito camp, and then onward to Karenko camp. The OR’s (other ranks) remained on the Fukkai Maru, and for a period of two weeks worked as dockers unloading and then reloading the ship. The ship then sailed for Korea, where upon arrival they were paraded through the town as a propaganda exercise to emphasise the demise of the British, French, and Dutch Empires. At some point, of which I have no records, he must have been sent to Japan, as he next appears as being rescued at war end from Motoyama 6B camp which is at Hiroshima, so he must have had a grandstand view of the dropping of the atom bomb. I have copies of files that can be sent if you reply to my previous email. (if required)
   
   
Name: Jill
Location Sussex
Email: Jillwakefield&btinternet.com
Comments: Hi I am trying do some research my partners grandfather His number was 7262248 he was ramc corporal George goodman he retired as a regimental sergeant  Major all we know is he was captured in Singapore hospital if anyone could help with any information  it would be appreciated as he has sadly passed away we would like to find out more Information about his time in the Japanese prisoner of  War camp.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 18.07.2014
Comments: Hi Julie, I’m afraid I have very little information for you, I was hoping someone else might chip in. MERCER, William Henry, service number C/JX213603. All I have is a transcript of an apparent report in the CHUGAI SHOGYO newspaper (which I believe is Tokyo) , detailing the ‘heroic’ actions of the Japanese crews to rescue the men of the EXETER when the threat of submarine attacks still existed. It appears that the men were taken to MAKASSAR in the CELEBES to spend the rest of the war. Some were moved to East Celebes at Poemaloe. Some were shipped onward to Japan , but I don’t think William was one of these, as he does not appear in any listings. I think your best read for information is on another page of this website: http://www.pows-of-japan.net/articles/68.htm
   
   
Name: Julie
Location Shropshire
Email: good2bback@hotmail.com
Comments: I have been researching my mum's cousin WILLIAM H MERCER from Goole.  I found a newspaper article saying that he had gone down with HMS Exeter and that his parents had been informed that he was missing presumed dead.   I found a later article where he was given ten pounds upon his return to Goole following three and a half years  in a Japanese POW. I would like to learn more about him and where he was sent.  All the family who could have told me more are long gone. William H Mercer was an Able Seaman.  Can anyone help? Thank you
   
   
Name: Jill Wakefield
Location Eastbourne
Email: Jillwakefield@btinternet.com
Comments: Hi Mike  Thank you so much for your help It means a great deal to me.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 12.07.2014
Comments: Hi Jill (re Private William Roy Hopgood ). As with many members of RAOC the men did not stay together as a "regiment", but were attached in small groups to various regiments. Your Dad was attached to 137th Field Regiment, Light Aid Detachment. His address does not show up as Eastbourne in Sussex, but as The Post Office in the village of Cam, Gloucestershire. He was one of the first to be sent to the Burma/Siam Railway on 22.06.1942, and this was known as the First Mainland Party, their task initially was to build the housing camp at Non Pluduc to house future work parties en route for up country. These troops were also involved in building the railway through to Kanchanaburi, assisted by Thai workers. You would need a copy of his Liberation Questionnaire from the National Archives to establish all his camps.
   
   
Name: Jill Wakefield
Location Eastbourne
Email: Jillwakefield@btinternet.com
Comments: I am researching my fathers past Private William Roy Hopgood ROAC who lived in Eastbourne East Sussex he was in Japanese prisoner of war camp between 1942-1945  Service number 7629961 I know he was taken to Changi 17/021942 and was moved to Siam later on where I think he stayed there till 16/09/1945  I wondered if there was any additional information anyone could help me with.I believe he also worked on the Burma railway.
   
   
Name: richard baker
Location United Kingdom
Email: r.baker458@btinternet.com
Comments: Hi, I am researching the diaries of my late father, George S baker, who was held at Keijo prison camp. IF anyone has info or documents relating to the camp, I would be grateful to hear from you
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Hi Sally. (re William O'Brien). There were 3 William O'Briens who were POWs of the Japanese. Can you supply any further information ? Do you know what regiment? What was his middle name? Do you know his service number? The regiment would be the most useful.
   
   
Name: Sally O'Brien
Location Yorkshire
Comments: Hello, I am currently looking for any information on my Grandfather William O''Brien who was awarded the Burma Star in the second world war and was also a POW. He was from Bradford Westyorkshire and returned there after the war. Many thanks
   
   
Name: steve butler
Location england
Email: stephenbu@sky.com
Comments: hi , my dad was in malai 4 ,does anyone no about this camp
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Hi Sharon, I can tell you a lot about your Grandad as he was in the same regiment, and went through the same camps as my Dad. He certainly did not spend his prison days throughout the war in Changi. His service number was 1457078 and he was a member of the 80th Anti Tank Regiment. Initially imprisoned at Changi, he then sailed on the Japanese hellship 'England Maru' for Formosa, which was nearly a three week journey locked down in the holds. Upon arriving at Keelung, half the men were sent to Tohoku Camp 6, but your grandad drew the short straw and was sent to Kinkaseki Copper Mine Camp. Here he was given prisoner number 317 and was one of the few men who survived working in the mine for the next 2.5 years. When the mine closed, (due to all the mined copper being sunk on the way to Japan), he was then sent to build a camp in the jungle named Kukutsu. This was now June 1945. This was meant to be their final place for extermination if troops had landed on the island. On Setember 5th 1945, two American destroyers worked their way through the minefields at Keelung and took all the POWs out into the bay, where they transferred to the aircraft carriers USS Santee and USS Block Island. They were then shipped to a general hospital in Manila for onward routing home. There is a slight distortion to this, in that he states that he went to Tohoku camp in June 1945, but the records seem to state he went to Kukutsu for the final 3 months.
   
   
Name: sharon mcallister boyles
Location melbourne
Email: sharon_mcallister@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi I am looking for some information about my grandfather john mcallister from Glasgow who was a japanese POW in Changi throughout the war. We know little about his experiences he never discussed the war and died in 1991. I would be very grateful if we could find out some information about the years he spent there.
   
   
Name: Alice M Tordoff
Location Liverpool
Email: alicemtordoff@gmail.com
Comments: Hi, I'm Lt. Col Pete Maisey's granddaughter. I was just wondering if you have a map of where the Bicycle Camp was,  the one mentioned in Les Poidevin's story.  I'm beginning to work on a documentary about the Batavia POW medics and I'm trying to gather as much information as I can., if you can help? Email me please? Alice Maisey Tordoff
   
   
Name: Kathryn Edghill
Location Sydney
Email: kedghill@trumanhoyle.com.au
Comments: Looking for anyone who knew my father, Vincent Coote, 8th Div Signaller NX53814 who was part of A Force.
   
   
Name: elaine
Location sheffield
Comments: Mike thank you very much for the information that you have given me about my uncle Reg Sanderson.
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Elaine …….. The information I have is a bit sketchy on your uncle. AC1 Sanderson, R., service number 621609. Taken prisoner on 09.03.1942 on Java. The next information I have is that he sailed from Java on hellship ‘NN Maru 6’ on 27.06.1944 and arrived Singapore on 01.07.1944. This was known as ‘Java Party 22’ . The 1,260 men onboard were then taken to Changi Camp. Then between 7th July 1944 and 8th August 1944 they were transported by the small river ferry Queen Elisabeth , 250 men at a time to Pakanbaroe on the Siak River, to work on the Sumatra Railway. I am not sure if he ended the war on Sumatra, or had already been moved on to another destination.
   
   
Name: Chris lawton
Location Reading
Email: C.lawton8785@live.co.uk
Comments: Looking for any info on my great grandad lance bombardier Charles Alfred Thornton 1071371  Was a pow at fukuoka around 1943 any info will great full. 
   
   
Name: elaine
Location sheffield
Email: beresfordkeith@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: Hi, I'm looking for any info on my uncle who was p.o.w ww2 he was Reginald Sanderson in 211 squadron
   
   
Name: Ty
Location Melbourne
Email: mundabiddi@hotmail.com
Comments: Hello, I am looking for information on my grandfather, Geoffrey Robert Donald, RAAF, captured Singapore.  Thanks, Ty
   
   
Name: Phyllis Pettitt
Location Australia
Email: Phyllis.Livingstone@hotmail.com
Comments: Ronald Frank Pettitt RAF Royal Aircraftman 924875 Prisoner of War 3951 was my father-in-law. I am putting together a 'story' for my husband (oldest son of Ron) comprising all the family letters he received whilst missing & a POW & after his return to UK, including letters from other ex-POWs. I wonder if you have any info concerning which camps he was interned. I seem to have the following info (but can't remember how I go it!!) : at Boei Glodok, Mater Delarosa, Cycle Camp & Pakan Baru, Sumatra. Flown to Singapore in Lady Mountbatten's Dakota. Any help, additional info etc would be very much appreciated.
   
   
Name: Gill K
Location Manchester
Email: gkeogan@o2.co.uk
Comments: Looking for the name of the person in a camp in Bandung who drew a picture of my grandfather. This person with initials GB who may have been in the RAF. He may have been an illustrator or cartoonist with a newspaper. He was in a camp in Bandung in October 1943. GB was given a photo of my grandfather by James Humble who also in the camp. GB drew a likeness from the photo and James Humble hid it until he was released and could take it home and give it to my grandfather. My grandfather is dead so we cannot get any further information. I have a picture of the drawing if anyone thinks they may know who this GB might be.
   
   
Name: Lindsey george
Location Canada
Comments: You are very good.  Thank you for this!
   
   
Name: Lindsey george
Location Canada
Email: lindsey.george@:amiltonfht.ca
Comments: Yes, John Frederick Thomas George! 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 12.06.2014
Comments: Lindsey …………. Your Dad was Lance Bombardier John Frederick Thomas George , service number 946149, a member of the 155Th Field Regiment (The Lanarkshire Yeomanry) . This regiment fought an extremely hard battle at Slim River where they lost many men including their Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Murdoch. Their numbers were so depleted that the 137th Field Regiment joined with them at this point. Your Dad shows two different address’s on files. The Changi file shows 26, Park Drive, Charlton, London but his Liberation Questionnaire shows 79, Mount Pleasant Road, Lewisham, London. According to the Changi file, he was sent to the Burma Railroad on 09.11.1942, but he has listed on the Lib. Q. that he only went to Non Pladuk Camp 2 on 17.04.1943. It almost reads as if it is two separate people, but both files clearly show the service number of 946149. I believe that the probability is that the Changi file is correct, and when he completed the Lib.Q. he was one of those men just completed the barest of details as “enough of this”. I have seen this many times. What he has done though, is to incorrectly complete the Lib. Q. in the Royal Navy section, by mistakenly thinking it wanted his homeward bound ship. Here he has entered “Chitral”. This gives you the benefit of knowing that he sailed homeward from Rangoon on 01.10.1945 and arrived at Southampton on 28.10.1945.
   
   
Name: Lindsey george
Location Canada
Email: lindsey.george@:amiltonfht.ca
Comments: Yes, UK. Third name Frederick and field artillery
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Lindsey ....... Can I establish I have the right person. I assume you mean a British artillery unit ? Did he have a third name of Thomas ?
   
   
Name: Lindsey George
Location Canada
Email: lindsey.george@hamiltonfht.ca
Comments: Hello, I am looking for information about my dad, now deceased.  His name is John Frederick George and he was in an artillery unit.  He was captured at the beginning of the war and worked the entire Death Railway and was liberated at the end of the war.  I am particularly interested in knowing which camps he worked in.  I am grateful for any information you can provide.  Many thanks.  Lindsey
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Hi Lynne, I can get you started on your search for information, but cannot supply the end details. Your Grandfather was a member of the 'Royal Army Medical Corps', serving with the '198 Field Ambulance' at the time of the surrender at Singapore on 15.02.1942. His service number is 7364200 and address shown as The Farm, Common Lane, Guist, Norfolk. He initially was at Changi Hospital and was then sent to the Burma Railroad on 06.11.1942.
   
   
Name: Lynne Wood
Location Norwich, Norfolk UK
Email: Wood.lynne@rocketmail.com
Comments: Hi, I am looking for information on my Grandfather Stanley Arthur Nobes from Norfolk. I have always been told that he was  a Japanese Pow in Changi but he never talked about it and I have no other information at all. If anyone could help with any info I would be very grateful. Thanks Lynne 
   
   
Name: Janet
Location Hampshire, England
Email: mirageuk@gmail.com
Comments: Mike thank you very much for the information below about my Grandfather Gnr James Thomas Saundry  reg number 861742. I will try to find out if he filled in one of those postcards from Kew. I submitted my previous question before adding an email address, so adding one now if you want to send me anything.  
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Jeanie, (re Robert Bolton) Your Grandfather is NOT listed as one of the POWs captured in Singapore / Java etc in 1942. He also does not have a Liberation Questionnaire. This suggests that he was more likely to have been with the Chindit forces that were involved in pushing the Japanese back out of Burma. I would suggest you repost, with the photo of him in uniform on this website: http://ww2talk.com/forums/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=viewNewContent&search_app=forums where there are some experts in both fields.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 08.06.2014
Comments: Janet (re Gnr James Thomas Saundry) and Robert (re Gnr. Arthur Beardshaw). With the thousands of POWs taken at Singapore, it is a coincidence that you have posted within 24 hours of each other, yet your relatives were both in the same 11th battery of the 3rd Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment, and would have been alongside each other. Both were transported by hellship on 04.04.1942 as the first party to leave Singapore, and went to Saigon. These 1100 men thereafter became known as the Saigon Battalion. In both instances I believe you need a copy of their Liberation Questionaires from The National Archives at Kew to establish exactly which camps they went to. (only about 50% of men completed one). Robert…… files being emailed. Janet, no email.
   
   
Name: Janet
Location Hampshire, England
Comments: I am trying to find out information on my Grandfather Gnr James Thomas Saundry. His army number is 861742 and was with 11/3 RA HAA. I found one record online that says he was a PoW and left in Saigon. Other than that, I don't know very much about his army life. He came from Lostwithiel, Cornwall and returned there after the war. Any information anyone could give, would be very much appreciated. 
   
   
Name: David Craven
Location UK
Email: dpc200@gmail.com
Website: Gmail
Comments: does anyone have information on wwII nurse Edna Craven, later married an officer Nation. Her brothers were were Jack and Colin Craven. My father is Colin Craven, fought in India with the S Staffordshire regiment.
   
   
Name: Jeanie
Location St. Helens
Comments: Can anyone please give me any information as to where I can obtain information on my grandfather Robert Samuel Bolton, he was a Japanese prisoner of war but unfortunately I don't have any information on his regiment, I was told that he suffered terribly in the camp and never discussed it when he was released, I know it's a long shot but any help would be greatly appreciated as all I have are photographs of him taken in his uniform but can't identify badge and some where he served in Egypt that's what it say in back of photo, thanking you in advance 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 06.06.2014
Comments: Laura, ……….. Private Stanley Harry Harris, service number 6021124, member of the 2nd Btl. Cambridgeshire Regiment. Home address shown as 82, Fitches Crescent, Maldon, Essex. He completed a well detailed liberation questionnaire which shows his camps as: (Singapore) Changi and River Valley. (Siam) October 1942 he was sent to Kanu, followed by Chunkai, Tarso, Kinsaiyoku, Tamuang, and Wampo. He states that he ended up at Paatchie from June – Aug 1945 but this is a name that I have never come across.
   
   
Name: Robert
Location Leyland
Email: franakrs@aol.com
Comments: Looking for any information on my father Arthur Beardshaw who was taken prisoner in Singapore on 15 Feb 1942 he was held until 1945. I have his basic Army records but would like to know where he was held as a POW. He was in Royal Artillery and his service no. was 1426775. Regards R Beardshaw
   
   
Name: Laura
Location Manchester
Comments: Hi, I was wondering if there was any information about my Grandad Stanley Harry Harris who was from Maldon in Essex? I know he was a Japanese Prisoner of War, possibly working on the Burma railroad but don't have his service number or further details. Any thoughts would be much appreciated.
   
   
Name: Jeanne Thompson
Location Michigan
Email: billandjeanne63@yahoo.com
Comments: My Uncle Murray Maurice Sullivan was a prisoner of war in Manchuria and was also in the Bataan Death March. I am looking for Father Bob Phillips who was also a POW. Also on Tottori hellship.John Lewis suggested that I contact him because he was also in the same camp and same ship as my Uncle. My Uncle did not talk much about his years in Manchuria and I really would like to know more about him. He was Uncle Red to all of us cousins because of his red hair. I would be so grateful if I could find out more.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 01.06.2014
Comments: Hi Lucy, Your Grandad, Sgt. Arthur Mason, was a member of the 11th Indian Division, Royal Corps of Signals. After the surrender of Singapore on 15.02.1942 he was in Changi, and then on 25.10.42 boarded the hellship ‘England Maru’ for Formosa. After nearly three weeks of being locked down in the holds of the ship in filthy conditions, he arrived at the port of Keelung (Kiilin) . There were 1100 men on board and 523 were taken to the copper mine at Kinkaseki, and the remainder which included your Grandad were taken to Taihoku POW Camp # 6 just outside Taipei. Camp #6 contained almost entirely British POWs. The men slaved at building a memorial park and a man-made lake for the Japanese. They were also engaged in farming, and some later worked in the railway and bus repair shops. Unlike many of his companions he never got sent to Kinkaseki Copper Mine and spent the entire captivity in T6. Camp T6 was used as the main camp for replacing POWs at the copper mine when they died through starvation or illness, or became too weak to work. His liberation occurred on September 5th 1945, when the American destroyers USS Kretchmer, Brister, Finch and Thomas J Gary arrived in Keelung harbour to take them off. These four destroyers took them out into the bay where they transferred to the aircraft carriers, USS Block Island and the USS Santee. All six ships then sailed for Manila for onward transportation home, some via Suez but many via San Francisco or Vancouver.
   
   
Name: Lucy Houlden
Location UK
Comments: Hello, and thanks for putting together a great website! My name is Lucy and I am trying to research where my grandad spent his time as a POW if anyone can help. His name was Arthur Vincent Christopher Mason. His service number was 2332243. His address was Eton Road, Burton-on-Trent (he may have known the other person mentioned below from Burton!).  We have a number of letters, and believe he spent time in Changi, as well as potentially spending some of his time felling rubber trees and working in a copper mine. Not sure where to start so any help appreciated :) Thank you!
   
   
Name: Marty
Location Perth WA
Comments: Hi Paul, The IJA number I gave you is the Japanese Index card number, which you will be able to photograph, in the meantime I will email you what I have.
   
   
Name: Paul
Location bedford
Email: Swampshot@gmail.com
Comments: Marty and Mike, thank you so much for taking the time to reply and help me out with this search for Pte Clamp. Marty,  what is IJA number? I presume its s japanese document? My Cousin (ex RAF) and I will be off to Kew hopefully in the not to distance future. 
   
   
Name: harvey pearson
Location victoria, b.c., canada
Email: harvwp@shaw.ca
Website: nil
Comments: after the war ended, we were living in victoria and many RAF men came to victoria for rest etc... we became very good friends and one was joe lackenby.... if anyone knows anything about joe, would be appreciated. his home address was: washington durham, england...thanks
   
   
Name: Marty.
Location Perth WA.
Comments: Hi Paul, In addition to Mike's information, it appears that your grandfather, Pte Clamp was transferred to Grp 2, most likely around October/ November 42, when at this time many were distributed in to Grp 2, his IJA Card No. was 4468 (Old), 667 (New). Grp 2's work area was from Chungkai to the South end of the Wang Pho Viaduct, them in the Tha Khanun Area after April 1943.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 27.05.2014
Comments: Paul, re Pte R Clamp. Address shown as "Wyndbrone", Windmill St., Church Gresley, Burton on Trent. Part of the First Mainland Party sent to the Burma Railroad on 24.06.1942, under Major Sykes. Their task initially was to build the housing camp at Non Pluduc to house future work parties en route for up country. These troops were also involved in building the railway through to Kanchanaburi, assisted by Thai workers. Cant help any further past that point Im afraid, but will email to explain where to go for further advise.
   
   
Name: Paul Calies
Location uk
Email: swampyshot @gmail.com
Comments: Hi I am trying to find out about my Grandfather who served with the 6th Royal Norfolk in Malay in 1942. He was Pte R Clamp (5888073) I have found the ships which took him and his colleagues to Singapore and the ship which brought him back in 1945 (HMT Orion). we have a postcard from him in a Japanese pow camp I am trying to find what happened to him between feb 42 - jun45. If anyone can shed some light on movements of pow's  or where to start searching then I'll be very grateful.
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Website: malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
Comments: Hello, Robyn. Regarding Frank Hill in Changi, I can only confirm that in December1941 he was Foreman of Works, the Air Ministry, Singapore and was interned in Changi Gaol until May 1944 then in Sime Road Camp until September 1945. Unfortunately he is not mentioned in the copies I have of various Changi internee diaries.
   
   
Name: Robyn
Location Sydney
Comments: Does anyone have information on the incarceration of my grandfather in Changi prison during the Second World War? His name was Frank Hill and he was a civilian POW for 5 years. I believe he may have been put to work in the kitchen.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 20.05.2014
Comments: Gerald, Your uncle was not in the North Lancashires whilst in Singapore, he was in the 2nd Btl. Loyal Regiment. Service number 3852969. Home address shown as 26, Harewood Road, Deepdale, Preston. He was working in Malaya Command at the time of the surrender on 15.02.1942. He was in Changi from 15.02.42 - 16.08.42. He then sailed in the hellship Fukkai Maru as part of 'B Party' to Keijo in Korea, where he stayed until 18.07.43. He then went to Japan, to Kawasaki Kobe until 10.05.45. Next move was to Fukuoka 27 where he was camp leader until 17.08.45, and eventually to Fukuoka 26 where he remained until 16.09.45. Photos of files available by email if you would like them.
   
   
Name: Gerald Guest
Location Bolton, lancashire
Email: Info@guestleathercraft.co.uk
Website: WWW. Guestleathercraft. Co.uk
Comments: Hello . My uncle was Sydney Guest  Regamental Sergeant Major of the north Lancashires , fr He came from Little Houlton and join before the war11.  Trying to find about his time in captivity .  He was the highest rank in the camp , not sure which one . Any help would be appreciated . 
   
   
Name: Kim Downie
Location Australia
Email: Kimtownes@iinet.net.au
Comments: Looking for information on my great Uncle James William Downie. He was in the 20/20 Battallion I believe  and was a prisoner of war in Naoetsu and returned to Japan for the prisoner  of war trials. I am looking for more info on him as I habve lost my grandfather, father and any connection to him through them. 
   
   
Name: Karen Chessell
Location London
Email: kaahrena@gmail.com
Comments: Hoping to find some information about my grandfather's time in Changi. He was James - Jimmy - Robertson from Brisbane. Thankyou for the wonderful site.
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Website: http://www.malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
Comments: Paris, if you are able to e mail me I have some information on Samuel Denis Wright who was in the FMSVF Light Battery and was a survivor of E Force which left Changi for Kuching, Borneo in April 1943. In civilian life in Malaya he was a prison warder. 
   
   
Name: PARIS LEACH
Location ADELAIDE
Comments: I am looking for any information on Denis Samuel or Samuel Denis Wright who was a volunteer for the defence of Singapore and then was taken as a POW to Sandakan but did not go on the death marches.  He survived the war and became an officer of Chiangi goal but sadly died in the 1970s before he told his story.  If anyone has any information it would be very much appreciated.
   
   
Name: Ann Louise Smith
Location Lindsay, Ontario, Canada
Comments: I have entered some history but was asked by Peter Winstanley to mention if my uncle was a prisoner in Selerang during the entire war. No he was moved out to work on the railway and tend to the sick and wounded at the various POW camps. Capt. Walter G. Anderson M.D had been a missionary serving in India through the United Church of Canada since 1937 and was conscripted into the British Indian Army as they were in desperate need of doctors. I have all his documents, diary and reports of the sick. I have the Selerang Order by Col. Holmes ordering the prisoners to sign the "form that they will not try to escape" I have typed it out and sent it to Peter. My uncle survived and returned to India to continue his Medical Missionary service until 1976. He passed away in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 2, 2002 at the age of 95. I have everything his family saved and the majority of documents and letters are in my book as explained in my last entry on this guest book. Anyone wanting to contact me with any questions can get in touch at my email address.
   
   
Name: Janice
Location Hertfordshire England
Email: jbskilton@hotmail.com
Comments: Thank you so much for running this site. My Father was with The Argyll and Southerland Highlanders. He was captured in Malaya part of the stay behind jungle fighters. he was jailed in Purdu, worked on rail and was shipped to Japan. I have his translated Japan records which I am told tell more than most. He is also on film clip and a couple of still pictures. The information on this site increases my understanding and helps feel part of a community. Thanks again.
   
   
Name: Ann Louise Smith
Location Ontario, Canada
Email: annlouise@xplornet.com
Comments: I have compiled a book about my uncle Dr. Walter Anderson who was a Japanese POW and captured 9 days after the Fall of Singapore. My book was published in April 2009, it has a lot of names listed and may be of some help to those looking for certain people. You can get a copy from Amazon.com, it is titled "Canadian Missionary PW on the Death Railway. It is written in first person as I wanted people to see exactly how my uncle kept track of his years as a prisoner. I do believe you will find lots of important details and documents which I have not seen on any website relating to the Burma Campaign.
   
   
Name: Jennifer
Location Victoria, Australia
Email: familyhistory2401@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I am researching family history, but have found myself tracking sideways to research my grandfather's time as a POW.   I would love to hear from anyone who may have met / known Arthur Westerbeck (Aust, 2/10 Ordnance Field Park).  I know he went to Malaya, worked on the Thai-Burma railway, was in Changi prison and also Fukuoka. Thanks for any information or comments you may be able to pass on.   Thank you also for the amazing information on this site.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 23.04.2014
Comments: Samara, I don’t have any files on Australian soldiers, but the internet has enough information to get your search going. (1). VX40106 Gunner Ross Hamilton Sheedy, 4th Anti Tank Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of B Force. The 1494 POW's that made up B Force, were transported from Changi on 7 July 1942 on board the tramp ship Ubi Maru, arriving in Sandakan Harbour on 18 July 1942. Gunner Sheedy, aged 31, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 27 March 1945. He was the son of David and Edith Alice Sheedy, of Hamilton, Vic. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 1. (2) VX27362 George Sheedy, 2/21 Australian Infantry. Date of death 20.02.1942 at Laha, Ambon. You will need to search out Massacre at Ambon to get the full horrors. Remembered on the Ambon Memorial column 5.
   
   
Name: Samara Barby
Location Darwin, Northern Territory
Email: SamarAndy2410@mail.com.au
Comments: Hello, I am looking for details on George Sheedy and Ross Sheedy of Hamilton, Victoria who were POW. Ross Hamilton Sheedy has never been found and George was believed to have been taken to another place which was quite bad and died from starvation. It would mean a great deal if anyone at all could help with even the smallest bit of information. Ross Hamilton Sheedy: VX40106 Rank: Gunner Australian Army 4 Anti Tank Regiment RAA Second World War, 1939-1945 George Sheedy: VX27362 Rank: Private Australian Army 2/21st Battalion (Infantry) Second World War, 1939-1945
   
   
Name: Reg McMillan
Location Hampshire England
Email: reginald.mcmillan@ntlworld.com
Comments: Hi Mike, many thanks for the information, yes I would love to have all the info you have on Bill! Regards, Reg.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 17.04.2014 UK
Comments: Hi Reg. Sgt. W H Hemmings 179770 was a member of the RASC 18th Division, so only arrived in Singapore a few weeks before the surrender. Address of mother shown as 19 Florence Road, Acton Green, London. Sent overland as part of the fated 'F Force' on 24.04.1943. This force suffered the highest deaths through starvation, exhaustion, and disease which included cholera. Returned to Changi in December 1943. and was probably liberated from there. Further info, available by email if you want it.
   
   
Name: Reg McMillan
Location England
Email: reginald.mcmillan@ntlworld.com
Comments: My mothers brother, William (Bill) Henry Hemmings (1907-1991) born and died in London. Was also a patient at the Alexandra Hospital Singapore. He was on the second floor when he was captured on the 15/02/194. He also was sent off to work on the death railway; I have no idea when or how, for when captured, he was in a cast from his Hip to his Toes? Would love to know if there are lists of the patients who survived the Alexandra Hospital Massacre, and if so, are they still available? The only information I have on Bill; is his Rank, Sergeant and Service No: T/179770 British Army. I have not yet found what Regiment he was in, for I have only just started to search for his service records! So any help, would be very much appreciated!
   
   
Name: Mick Bates
Location Melbourne Australia
Email: mickbates@iinet.net.au
Comments:  I am researching my wife's grandfather, 80755 SGT Maxwell (Bill) Tanner Piercey. I have been advised that he served as an embodied member of the SSVF from 1 Dec 41 - 8 Mar 46, and that he was a POW, possibly in Changi, for some of that period. This information is backed up by a Certificate of Service from the Colonial office, and a POW letter from the Australian Red Cross advising that he was in Malaya Camp. A memorial plaque in the Victorian Garden of Remembrance, Springvale, Melbourne, Australia attributes him to 4 Battalion, however, I am uncertain as to why. I was very interested to read about Volunteer Major David Nelson's records from Changi Prison, however, the document link on the MVG website wouldn't allow me to access any documents from the National Archive. If anyone can throw any light on Maxwell Piercey's service I would be most grateful.
   
   
Name: Hilde Doherty
Location Connecticut USA
Email: baja4baba@gmail.com
Comments: My uncle, Hylke Hoogeveen, was taken prisoner by the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies. He was in the Dutch Army,  the equivalent of a lieutenant. I know that he worked on the death railway and I believe he was also interned in Changi Prison. Like so many POWs he did not speak much about his time as a prisoner. I would appreciate hearing from anyone who knew him or knows anything about him.
   
   
Name: Keith Edgington
Location Devon
Email: keithedgington@aol.com
Comments: I have done some research into the service records of an uncle Signalman John  Albert Clem (332626) who was enlisted into the Royal Corps of Signals and posted to No 4 Company 2nd Army Signals  on 17.01.40. He was subsequently posted to the11th Corps of Signals on 27.06.40 and to the32nd Line Section  of the 11th Corps on11.07.40 and finally to the 9th Line Maintenance on 28. 07.41.  His Overseas Service record show tat he served with the British Expeditionary Force from 10.05.40 to 04.06.40, and then Singapore from28.07.41 to 14.02.42. He was reported missing on 15.02.42. and reported to be a Prisoner of War.  Thereafter he is reported to have died at Malai Camp on 09.11. 43. He is buried at the Thanbbyuzayat War Cemetery.   These are the basic facts, and are in themselves valuable.What is not clear is whether is unit was operating only in Singapore or whether they were elsewhere in the region before being sent to Singapore.  I would welcome any help in filling in the gaps, or guidance to another sources of help
   
   
Name: Jennifer
Location Melb Australia 31/03/14
Email: brenifer2@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Thank you for this amazing site and information.  I am researching my Dad's POW experience. Pte Alan William Moss VX65962 2/10th Ordnanace Workshop, captured when Singapore fell.  He was in 'A', Green Force. There is an entry in the Green Force Diary 20/3/44 'M/O specialist working party' I think he may have been at the 55 kilo Camp/Hosp at the time??  I am keen to know what this 'specialist' working party may have been, who and what for.  Does anyone know, or where to steer me to find out? I note from the diary, about 12 other Aussies had the same entry, from what I can tell from NAA site, they, like my Dad, were tradesmen (Dad a motor mechanic). 6 of Dads 8 kids are doing a pilgrimage to Burma/Myanmar & Thailand, having ANZAC day at Hell Fire Pass, which makes sites like this so special for all of us affected.  Thank you.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 30.03.2014
Comments: Donna, ( re McLAREN, R E ) . Army Number: NX47369. 2/30battalion. D Company 18 Platoon. Ship to Singapore: Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt . 29/7/1941. Sent with "F Force" to the Death Railway in Train 5, Truck 14. (F Force was the one that suffered a large amount of death from cholera). Repatriated from Singapore on 9/10/1945 in the ship Esperance Bay.
   
   
Name: donna laing
Location Australia
Email: donnalaing90@gmail.com
Comments: Hello, I'm looking for any information on robert  earnest mclaren  who was taken in singapore.
   
   
Name: Audrey
Location Florida
Email: audrey@omasheart.org
Comments: My Mother that was Dutch, was in a camp in Indonesia. She shared very little with us. Now as an adult and with my Mom gone, I have been reading everything I can to learn what she must have experienced. Does the name Irvine Nabilcy or Irvine Wiggers ring a bell to anyone?
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 23.03.2014
Comments: Hi Allan (re Bernard Egbert Bernsten ). Cant find anything about his early POW days, but have some information for later. Maybe this is what you already have on his Index Card though. Sailed from Batavia on 14.09.44 on the Kinta Maru 2, as part of "Java Party 24". 1080 POWs of which over 1000 were dutch and only 47 were British. They came from the 10th Batallion Camp in Batavia. They landed in Singapore atPoelau Damar, a small island at the south-coast of Singapore. The men were put to work constructing submarine pens. The men were able to supplement their diets with fish and crabs. which helped compansate for working in mangrove swamp conditions. Bernard was the only member of the SS City of Manchester in this party.
   
   
Name: Allan White
Location Falkland Islands
Email: mosstrooper7@horizon.co.fk
Comments: Seeking information about my cousin Bernard Egbert Bernsten ("Bernie") who was a PoW under the Japanese in the Dutch East Indies for 3½ years between February 1942 and November 1945. He was an Engineer in the British Merchant Navy and was serving on the "SS City of Manchester" when she was attacked and sunk by a Japanese submarine off the south coast of Java on 28 February 1942. The survivors were rescued by two American ships, the USS Whippoorwill and USS Tulsa, which then made for the Java port of Tjilatjap to land the injured. We think this included Bernie. Japanese forces captured them soon after. He may have been held for some time at Makassar on Celebes Island by the Japanese Navy, but this is unconfirmed. His Index Card records him being captured on Java and at some point being held at the Main Camp in Batavia. It also states that he was moved to the Malay PoW Camp in Singapore. Any information on Bernie, his ship's sinking and shipmates would be very much appreciated.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 21.03.2014
Comments: Irene, ( re: Ernest Dixon 3859461 . 2nd Battalion The Loyals) your Dad never completed a Liberation Questionnaire which would have named his camps, but some information is available. He left Changi, Singapore, on 16.08.1942 (sailing 18.08.1942) on the Fukkai Maru and this was a shipment always designed as a propaganda sailing. It was known as “Japan party B”. The Commander of the Korean Army, General Seishiro Itagaki requested 2,000 white prisoners of war to be sent to Korea. The purpose of this draft of prisoners was to "stamp out respect and admiration by the Korean people for Britain and America", while at the same time "establishing in them a strong faith" in a Japanese victory in the war. The Fukkai Maru sailed for Cap St Jacques (Saigon) and then onward to Takao (Formosa) arriving on 19.08.1942. For two weeks the men were made to work on the docks unloading the cargo of bauxite. On 15.09.1942 she sailed onward for Korea arriving in Pusan (also called Fusan, and today called Busan) on 22.09.1942. The men were then paraded through the streets as part of a Victory Parade for over 3 hours before being split for two camps. Some went to Jinsen and some to Keijo. Conditions in the Korean camps were “reasonable” (deathrate 3%) compared to many others, and post war when the men learnt what had happened to others, made many feel an extreme guilt, and very few spoke of their experience. I cannot help regards his onward sailing to Japan, but it probably occurred in October 1944.
   
   
Name: irene barden
Location preston lancs
Email: mumsybarden@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: Hi my dad was a pow in japan for over four years he worked in the kawasaki ship yard and remembers the atom bomb dropping . Hes 96 and still remembers bits but not all . His name is Ernest Dixon 3859461 . 2nd Battalion the Loyals . It would be nice if anybody remembers my dad and has more infirmation for me about where he stayed and what he did as he doesnt really say . Thanks irene 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 17.03.2014
Comments: Sarah, (re Alfred Douglas Trant), Im not sure I have the right person. Was his home Brixham, Devon ? Where does the story concerning the bamboo come from?
   
   
Name: sarah
Location Davis
Email: robert.davis10@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Should have added my email, thanks!
   
   
Name: Sarah D
Location Scotland
Comments: Hi I am trying to find out more about my Uncle, Alfred Douglas Trant, know as Douglas, He was a Signalman from The Royal corps of Signals, a POW working on the Burma Railway. He died there in 1944 as a result of burns to his feet from standing on hot bamboo. He was in such poor condition he didn't survive. I would like to find out how he ended up in Burma/Thailand, hew he was captured, what camp he was in, anything really. he is buried in Chungkai cemetery, Thailand. Thank you
   
   
Name: Ian Sayer
Location UK
Email: ian@sayer.net
Comments: Researching a former member of the Malayan Police who was taken prisoner by the Japanese about 1941. After the war he joined the Corps of Commissionaires and in the early 1960s worked for The Yorkshire Insurance Company in Cornhill, EC3. He lived in the vicinity of Southfields SW18 and was known to be alice c.1978. Please contact me if you have any further information about this man.
   
   
Name: Dave Waring
Location Sydney Australia
Email: Dkwaring@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Hi, I am attempting to find information relating to Sub Lieutenant William Henry Roberts. Lieut Roberts wrote to my grandmother in 1946 regarding my grandfather who died whilst serving on HMAS Perth.  I am interested in any info relating to Lieut. Roberts during his time as POW after the sinking of Hmas Perth in 1942. Thanks in advance. Dave Waring
   
   
Name: Georgia
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire
Email: georgiamarshall@ymail.com
Comments: George beecroft was believed to be in the West Yorkshire regiment. Sorry. 
   
   
Name: Georgia
Location Leeds, West Yorkshire
Email: georgiamarshall@ymail.com
Comments: Hi, just wondering if you could give me any information on my grandad George Beecroft of the Yorshire regiment. He was a Japanese POW after being captured along with a number of soldiers sleeping in a barn. Any information is greatly received. Thank you.
   
   
Name: Sita
Location Brisbane Australia
Email: sitast1991@gmail.com
Comments: Hi, we are searching out some history on my father Otto Ernst Horninge, born in Batavia 12/5/1922.  He was a POW from Dutch East Indies and sent to work on the Thai-Burmese Railway. We believe he was in the Dutch artillery and can confirm he was a POW in Bandung before being shipped to Chengi, Singapore.  From then on, we know he was shipped on to N. Bangkok? but name of ship, dates, and anything thereafter we have no idea what happened. We know he was on the Railway line as he still carries wounds from schrapnel when the allied airforce bombed components of the railway.  Additionally a book by Charles Burki was written where Otto Horninge was mentioned as the "planter boy" who hid all the drawings now displayed in the Hague Museum.  Any more information we can find would be most appreciated.  My email is sitast1991@gmail.com.  Any more information we can find would be most appreciated. 
   
   
Name: Nina McCaulley
Location Southfield Michigan
Email: ninamc1997@gmail.com
Comments: Hi,  My name is Nina McCaulley. I met a 75 year old Filipino American  in the cruise last week. She was trying to find out the roots of her grand father Alfred James Hammond from Detroit Michigan. He served both the WW1 and WW2 and was responsible of putting up the electricity and water in Corregidor, Philippines and was a Japanese prisoner in santo Thomas University (now) in the Philippines during the W W2  Any information , please let me know so she can hopefully meet her first cousins maybe in the hammond's family.  Thanks,  Nina  ninamc1997@gmail.com
   
   
Name: Dave keeton
Location Northumberland UK
Comments: No Probs mike thanks again
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: David, Rewind. Sorry, I got my Hospital ships confused. I should have said HMHS Tjitjalengka and NOT Oranje
   
   
Name: Dave keeton
Location Northumberland UK
Comments: Thanks Mike for your time and help .  I certainly will be following up your suggested leads so that I can preserve for my family and future generations the sacrifices and horrific experiences my  father and many , many others like him made . My own one regret , and it seems the same for many family's of FEPOWs is that my father ,who passed away in 1986 , never talked about his experiences. Still and always will be my hero , we will remember them Dave.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 05.03.2014
Comments: Dave, cant help much on this one but a couple of bits. I think Malay Camp 5 is Camp ref 797 Kanchanabri. The only document I have showing your fathers name, states he was initially sent to the Death Railway on 09.10.1942, which makes him part of Workgroup 2. As he was hospitalised upon repatriation, I would investigate the likelyhood that he was sent by Hospital Ship (but does not always follow). The two main hospital ships that went to New Zealand were the Maunganui and the Oranje. I have previously tried an in depth check on the Maunganui in NZ, Australia and Southampton and have the list of everyone who disembarked in Southampton and he is NOT listed. There are no names listed for NZ or OZ. I would therefore concentrate on the Oranje.
   
   
Name: Dave keeton
Location Northumberland UK
Email: k33tons@gmail.com
Comments:   I have been trying to piece together my fathers movements as a FEPOW but I  am finding it difficult to complete.   Both my parents have passed away and the only information that I have is from personal records and photos .   His name was trooper Frederick William keeton 3857376.    He joined the territorial 5th battalion The Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in May 1939 which was converted in 1941 into a Reconnaissance Corps unit for the 18th (East Anglian) Infantry Division and re-designated as the The 18th Recce (5th Loyals).   When he arrived in Singapore in February 1942 he was evacuated from the burning  troopship Empress of Asia and was imprisoned a few days later at the fall of Singapore.    He was reported missing  by letter to his mother in April 1942 .   The next contact ( by letter) was in September 1943 when he was reported to be alive and a prisoner in Malaya camp 5 ?    The next record to confirm his whereabouts is in the Mansell records which states he was in Nagoya camp 4 from June 1944 till September 1945 .   This record suggests he arrived in Japan aboard the hell ship Singapore Maru ?    I cannot find any records as to how he was repatriated from Japan to England ? but I do know he spent time in New Zealand recuperating ( archway records in new Zealand confirm he was there but no online information available).   I also have a photo of him with other Fepows in new Zealand.    His record of service card states that he was in the Loyals from 18/5/1939- 29/4/1941 , 18th Recce from 30/4/1941 -31/12/43 and R.A.C. from 1/1/1944 -20/11/1946 . Also in the New Zealand record it states he is in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers !! ? But this is more likely due to the fact that he was with several RNF in Japan. I would like to hear from anyone out there who may have information about my fathers movements especially his repatriation from Japan and new Zealand and which camps he was in in Malaya many thanks Dave
   
   
Name: Denielle Pooley
Location Perth Australia
Comments: Hi I am trying to find information how the POW's were brought home to Darwin and then Perth Western Australia? Were they taken from Thailand to Bangkok or Singapore then to Darwin Australia? I am interested in the 2/4 MGB (reinforcements) as my Dad E.A Cornell was a POW Japanese internment. Thanking you Denielle Pooley
   
   
Name: Margaret Martin
Location Brighton, UK
Email: margaretmartin2@sky.com
Website: www.thejavafepowclub42.org
Comments: Sarah Goundry told me of the LAD RAOC list and one of the members of the Java FEPOW Club is listed there! Slight error in his service number - his starts with a 4 not a 1 but it is definitely him! We are so thrilled! Mike, how can I access more of this wonderful document? Is it in the National Archives at Kew? If so, please can you send me the reference number? It will be so useful for the work of we researchers. For interest, the Java FEPOW Club's website is www.thejavafepowclub42.org and, although - as indicated - we were formerly made up of FEPOWs captured in Java, since the closure of so many clubs, we welcome anybody. I look after the welfare of the FEPOWs, wives and widows from a FEPOW Fund administered for us by the Royal British Legion. Many thanks for all you do for FEPOWs. Kind regards Margaret
   
   
Name: chris
Location kent
Email: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Website: w
Comments: thanks mike you have been a great help could you let me know when you send email, can i make a donation of your choice reguards chri m
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: In 1941 B Squadron 3rd Hussars was sent to Singapore as reinforcements but were diverted to Java when Singapore fell, where after a brief fight they were ordered to surrender and spent the rest of the war as prisoners of war. Fifty four members of B Squadron died as prisoners of the Japanese Army.
   
   
Name: chris
Location kent
Email: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Website: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Comments: hi mike your are such a great help i surpose im asking to much to no every detail, im sorry on his questonair form it states his detachment or block leader joe write hussars 3. alongside camp leader l/t frowe . i managed to locate l/t frow to osaka 4b its the hussars 3 bit i dont understand. i would love to no when he travalled to the far east from which port and ship. i have done my homework on the norfolks ,and have also written army personael centre regaurding is records and medals if he had any, hope you understand all that . thank you so much mike x
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 27.02.2014
Comments: Hi Chris, ( re Private Joseph Morris) I think you are at the point where you have to start putting a few assumptions into play. You probably already have more information than many are able to get but sometimes you have to accept that the jigsaw has a few missing pieces. The first problem is how/why was he in Java. The 6th Norfolks never went to Java, but fought in Malaya. Josephs file lists him as Missing at Sanggarang (Malaya) on 26.01.1942. When they became cut off, the troops were told to make their own way back to Singapore through the jungle. About 200 men made their way to Ponggor where they were taken off by navy gunboats. I believe you have to assume that a gunboat took him to Java rather than Singapore. The next assumption has to be the discrepancy where he states he was in Java until 23.06.43 and then Japan from 23.06.43, yet the files state October 1943. I believe you have to assume that he was probably in Bandung Camp (mid country) until 23.06.43 and then moved to the coast at Batavia where he remained until October 43, before going on the hellship. I will email you some files that show the dates.
   
   
Name: chris
Location kent
Email: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Website: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Comments: hi again mike, i have a few dates can you make any sence of it please im going round in circles. here are dates from his questionair form , also i no you are on the right track as p/n is correct 6023. date of capture 7/5/42 java untill 23/6/43/ then osaka 23/6/43 untill 15/6/45 then it states15/6/45 untill 8/9/45 ikuno , would like to a little something i understand osaka and ikuno part , its java i dont understand ie why so long in java when my research has come up against a brick wall, hope you can understand what i mean brains overloaded a big thank you
   
   
Name: chris
Location kent
Email: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Website: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Comments: thanks mike great help
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 24.02.2014
Comments: Hi Paul, re Driver James Anthony Jacob Straker . The only information I can add for you is that he was sent to the Death Railway on 20.03.1943 in train 6. This would make him as part of D Force, who were spread over a wide area including Tarsao, Hintock, Konyu and Kinsayok and some worked on the notorious Hellfire Pass cutting.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 24.02.2014
Comments: Hi Gerry. . Yes I can see your uncle on the "N Party" list. Why dont you contact Bobbie Collins direct and see if he wants a copy of the photo, and maybe for Georges daughter in Australia.
   
   
Name: gerry
Location uk
Comments: Hi Mike I believe that i may well have photo of g poltock with my uncle on board empress of canada if you do not have all ready.
   
   
Name: gerry
Location uk
Email: Gerry.grave@blueyonder.co.uk
Comments: Hi Mike I have just found that my uncle George Homewood was also part of N party, who was also in 3 rd corps.
   
   
Name: Paul Straker
Location Bristol UK
Email: paul_straker@blueyonder.co.uk
Comments: 1092991 Driver James Anthony Jacob Straker Royal Artillery.07/11/1940 Enlisted at Bristol into Artillery-embodied Territorial Army12/12/1940 Embodiment & posted to 3rd Field Training Regiment10/06/1941 Posted to 135 Field Regiment-499 battery 15/02/1942 Reported missing (Fall of Singapore 14th Feb 1942)Transferred to No 1 Camp Siam Thialand Changi (possibly Feb 1942) 19/10/1945Repatriated & arrived in United Kingdom (Bangkok Rangoon-Liverpool). Thats as much as i know of my fathers time as a POW. He never spoke about it, although he did have a apperback book in the 1960's which he hid the pictures from us children. If anyone new anyhting else I would appreciate it. He died in 1990 aged 69 years. Thankyou
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 23.02.2014
Comments: Chris ........ Bandung POW Camp under Lt.Col. "Weary" Dunlop. Sailed to Singapore appx 29.09.1943 (or 01.10.43) probably on Makassar Maru or possibly Ussuri Maru, as part of Java 17 Party. Sailed onward to Japan . Liberated from Ikuno Prison Camp . Osaka 19B renamed as Osaka 4B. Prisoner number 6023. Made to work in the Mitsubishi Copper Mines.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 22.02.2014
Comments: Chris, to get you going, the common spelling is BANDUNG but sometimes also BANDOENG.
   
   
Name: chris morris
Location dover kent uk
Email: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Website: w.sarah38@yahoo.com
Comments: please can anyone help im trying to trace the movements of private joseph morris 5773189 6th norfolks captured java . i have been on many a site most differ on information and some even spelling my dads name wrong , which is really annoying. anyway has anybody heard of pow camp bendeng java. after much research i still cant locate this camp. short story i have only just discoverd my dads past as he died back in 1965 in a car crash i was just one at the time, i only just traced his family that refuse to help , well almost apart from sue who is a star but info sketchy. please anyone would be a great release of pressure, its so hard researching about your own father regards chris m
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location UK 20 Feb 2014
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: Mike, I know that George and Stanley were together in the POW camp for some time and that my Dad did not take the train up to the Burma railroad. This is because of stories my Dad told us near the end of his life. He did talk about demonstrating in the POW camp about the better rations that the British officers received. So he and other POWs ate grass as a gesture of their disgust.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location UK 20 Feb 2014
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: My Dad, Stanley Attwood, and George Poltock were together for some time after the surrender.The movements I referred to in my email were about what happened to them after being captured. Stanley & George remained lifelong friends and died within weeks of each other in 1993. I am still in contact with George's daughter, who has lived in Australia for about 50 years. Thanks for your help.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 20.02.2014
Comments: Isobel ... Corporal Cyril Ashmead. Service number 5776740. Captured Singapore 15.02.1942. At the time of capture he is not listed with the Norfolk Regiment , but with HQ 53 Infantry Brigade. Address shown as 74 Snointon (? faded) Dale, Nottingham. Sent by train to Siam Railroad on 19.03.1943 on train 5, as part of "D Force". The Canada aspect of his journey east, was that he sailed from the Clyde (Gourock) on 30.10.1941 probably on the Sobieski for Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving 08.11.1941. In Halifax they transferred to the American troopship Mount Vernon. The unusual part of this, is that America was not yet in the war, yet were offering a convoy. This convoy was destined for Basra. This was a convoy of 6 troopships and 12 American destroyers etc. They sailed south to Trinidad and then east to Freetown in Sierra Leone. During the voyage Japan attacked Pearl Harbour and America was now at war. The destroyers returned to America and British destroyers took over the protection. The troopships were also diverted from their destination of Basra, to Singapore. They arrived late January 1942, so hardly had time to unpack before they became prisoners of war about 2 weeks later.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 20.02.2014
Comments: Bobbie ... Sgmn George Poltock. Service number 2358903. Address, 16a Wells Drive, Kingsbury, London. Sent to the Siam Railroad on 04.11.1942 as part of "N Party", under the command of Lt. Col. Scott of the 2/17 Dogra Rgt. 13 trainloads of 650 men, total 8,450 men over 13 days. George was 3rd Corps. and not 11th Div. as was your father. Im a bit confused what you mean when you state that you hope his movements will help to identify your Dads movememnts as you already know he remained in Changi. If you mean prior to the surrender they seem NOT have been together, so you may need to get the War Diary. If you need this Diary, I can email you a contact who may be able to help.
   
   
Name: Isobel Ashmead
Location coventry
Email: im.ashmead@virgin.net
Comments: I am the daughter of Cyril Giles Ashmead who was a POW with the Norfolk regiment. I know he went a long trip to Canada before getting to Singapore and then being involved in the building of the railway. Any information would be greatly appreciated. He died before telling me much about it all apart from doing a class talk on a "Town like Alice" When I was 15. Now I have children of my own and would love to know more...
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location UK 20 Feb 2014
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: You are doing great, Mike. Thanks!
   
   
Name: Rhonda Day
Location Australia
Email: Anrday123@gmail.com
Comments: I am trying to follow the journey of my great uncle during WW11 Leo Ryan signalman Australian imperial Force 8 division. He was a p o w Fukuoka 22 and possibly Kobe House. I would appreciate any information on him and / or these institutions.
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Bobbie, Sorry , information below is incorrect. I have confused a George Poltock with an William Poltock. I can now see that George was a signalman and also at singapore. Will check for more detail
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 19.02.2014
Comments: Bobbie, Lt. George Poltock was taken prisoner on Christmas Day 1941 in Hong Kong, so was more than 1,500 miles away from your dads location of Singapore. They would not have the same storyline.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location UK
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: You could not find out much about my father and his POW records in Singapore. Any chance you could find something about two of his POW friends: George Poltock (British army) and Russell Braddon (Australian army & well known author and media personality)? That may give us an indication of my Dad's movements.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location UK
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: Thanks, Mike for looking for information on my father, Stanley Gordon Attwood.
   
   
Name: Jane swyer
Location Uk
Email: Swyerjane @aol.com
Comments: My dad sgt major John Mather served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 9 Battaliom I think he was in y company.He fought in france came back to England after Dunkirk. He was taken pow in 1942 in Singapore .He never talked about the war and died in 1989.My dad was known as Jack and worked in Ashington  Coliiery. He was a fore overman .I would be interested to know if anyone knew my father during his time in Thailand. Jane Swyer nee Mather
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Comments: Argylls in Funatsu: I have quite a bit. Allan, on this subject and likely repatriation route if you want to drop me an e mail. I also have Ray's earlier captivity details though you may already have seen his Liberation Questionnaire. I'm curious if he was related to Tommy Hunter whose service number was only one digit out from his: 3322818.   
   
   
Name: Allan
Location England
Comments: My uncle, Ray Hunter, Private 3322817 of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was taken prisoner in December 1941 and then forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway and then in June 1944 was shipped to Japan where he was taken to Funatsu Branch Camp (Nagoya 3-D) until liberation on the 6 September 1945. Family lore indicates that his return to the UK was via British Columbia where he was sent to recuperate. Does anyone know anything about POWs coming home via British Columbia?
   
   
Name: Rob Jones
Location Windsor
Email: jones_robbie49@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Thanks Mike, that's the kind of detail I was after! where did you get that from? I've been trawling the internet for that gold dust! i'll go through what you have given me piece by piece and put together his movements. I remember him once saying that an airfield he was working on was attacked by the allies and that he was due to board a ship but it was full and he later found out that ship sank. so its all looking like its coming together. thanks very much.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 06.02.2014
Comments: Hi Robert, you seem to have a lot of the information but bypassing what you already know, perhaps I can add a little more. Apologies if you already have this. Edward initially left Changi for Siam on 13.10.1942 , which I believe was known as No.3 Group. At some point, he returned to Singapore to River Valley Camp. On 02.02.1945 he sailed on the Haruyasa Maru for Saigon, with the majority of the Java 25 Party, who had recently arrived from Bavaria. This was a five ship convoy and two of them were attacked and sunk by USS Pampanito. The Haruyasa Maru safely arrived at Saigon on 09.02.1945, and appx 1500 POWs went to Long Than Camp and 1000 to Phy My Camp as workforce to build airfields.
   
   
Name: Robert Jones
Location Windsor
Email: jones_robbie49@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Peter, I wonder if you could help me, I'm looking for information on my Grandfather who was POW in Thailand during the second world war. I already have some information on him but I was hoping for more detail. Private Edward Birdwhistle Army Number: 4756035 POW number was 3577 he served with A Coy 1/5th Sherwood Foresters, was with the Japan Party in July 1944 ex-Nong Pladuk and was sent to Saigon. He was evacuated on the SS Chitral at Rangoon for the UK on 1.10.1945 and freed by the allies on 12.9.1945. He was discharged on 28 March 1946. I'm speculating but it could be possible he joined up with what was left of the British Battalion in Tamarkan Camp and went to Saigon from there. Many thanks for any help you can provide.
   
   
Name: Barry Howard
Location Victoria, Australia
Comments: Hello, I would be interested to hear from anyone with connections to VX45955 Pte. Robert Henry Dalrymple of Malvern Victoria. Robert was a member of 25 Dental Unit and became a P.O.W. at the fall of Singapore. His father was Henry William Dalrymple, he and his brothers Alexander Dalrymple (my grandfather) and David Dalrymple were all soldiers with the 1st A.I.F. during the Great War. Robert's brother Ronald Morris Dalrymple was a Private in 2/23 Battalion during WW2. I have been collecting information on the war service of all of these gentlemen and the "POWs of the Japanese" website has been a great help. Through it I have learned much about the Pte. Robert Henry Dalrymple's unit and was thrilled to find two photos of him on one of the webpages. Thankyou.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 04.02.2014
Comments: Hi Sara, Private George Gooch, service number 5782250, 5th Norfolk Regiment. Sent overland to Siam on 19.03.1943 on Train 5, as part of D Force. This was 5,000 men consisting of 2780 British and 2220 Australians. This mixed force were spread over an area including Tarsao, Hintock, Konyu and Kinsayok and some worked on the notorious Hellfire Pass cutting. Unfortunately when completing his Liberation Questionaire he did not list his camps or dates, and it appears to say "Only hearsay". We can only imagine what frame of mind he was in at such a time. Two addresses are shown, 62 Elizabeth Fry Road, and 25 Helena Road, both in Norwich. On two documents he is listed as a private not a signalman.
   
   
Name: Sara Wayte
Location Norfolk, England
Email: sarawayte@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: I am seeking any information about my Gt Grandad, George Henry Gooch (1907-1986).  I believe he served with the Norfolk Regiment as a signal man sending information via morse code. He was sent to Singapore via Cape Town where they had to surrender. He was a POW at Changi Jail and worked on the Burma Railway.  He was there for 3.5 years. He met with people from Australia and New Zealand, who said that he could have a job there, but George decided to return to England. On his return home, the captain of the ship didn't have anything on board that the soldiers would have to pay for, as he deemed that they had been through enough. Any postcards that he sent, were hugely vetted and his wife had to take them to see if any information could be gained about the war. Any further information would be appreciated. 
   
   
Name: Sarah G
Location essex uk
Email: rosarymaker@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Mike thank you and yes please send copies to rosarymaker@hotmail.co.uk  Love this site keep up the good work!
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Sarah, The Liberation Q. is available to view at: http://www.cofepow.org.uk/lq.images/Geldart%20-%20Gill/Gilbert,%20John%20Edward.JPG. (hope that link works) . The other information is not online. Im happy to send copies if you want it, you would need to reply with email address.
   
   
Name: Sarah G
Location Essex UK
Comments: Mike this is amazing information. Thank you so much! We knew he was a Staff Sergeant so that matches too. Can I ask the source of your information and can anyone access it? Bless you for this :-) 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 03.02.2014
Comments: Sarah, Staff Sergeant John Gilbert, service number 7590504. Shows 2 address's . 29, New Street, Chelmsford and 76, Victoria Road. RAOC attached to 137th Field Regiment. Sent by train to Siam on 20.06.1942 which was known as "First Mainland Party" to Ban Pong, and main task was to build huts for POWs who would follow. On his liberation questionaire he actually stated he was sent on 20.05.42 but I think this is an error by him. He then went to Non Pladuk (he states 16.06.42 but probably 16.07.42 - 23.03.45) and finally Ubon 26.03.45- 22.08.45.
   
   
Name: Sarah G
Location Essex UK
Comments: Hi Mike thanks for your reply yes it appears he was born in 1910 and yes he lived in Chelmsford. Still trying to unravel REME discrepancy. What info do you have please? :-) 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 01.02.2014
Comments: Bobbie, Not much information, but shows Stanley Gordon Attwood was a member of Royal Corps of Signals, 11th Division. Service number 23622222. Recorders of files must have not been aware exactly where he was because it states Sent overland ? June 42. It is a clear question mark, and I have never seen this entry before. Obviously, you are able to confirm that he never went overland, so perhaps he was hospitalised and whereabouts were unknown.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location Herts UK
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: Any record of my father, Stanley Gordon Attwood, born 31 January 1920. He was a priner of the Japanese in Changi camp and avoided going up on to the railway because of ulcers on his lower legs. He was in a Signals Regiment, I believe. Thanks very much for your time.
   
   
Name: Bobbie Collins
Location Herts UK
Email: collinshome@hotmail.com
Comments: Any record of my father, Stanley Gordon Attwood, born 31 January 1920. He was a priner of the Japanese in Changi camp and avoided going up on to the railway because of ulcers on his lower legs. He was in a Signals Regiment, I believe. Thanks very much for your time.
   
   
Name: Albert Wilkie
Location United Kingdom
Email: wilkiexx@aol.com
Comments: I wonder if I could find any reference to my uncle  2750482 Angus Heggie . Born Dundee. Attested for The Black Watch , Perth, 3/1/1925, aged 18 years 31 days . Trade: Millworker. He served until 4/5/1938 . BW Enlistment Book, No 7 2750025-2751029 B WRA uncat re-joined his regiment in 1939 He was captured by the Japenese  
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 30.01.2014
Comments: Hi Sarah I wonder if you could recheck the information about your Granddad. The master file of POWs only shows one John Edward Gilbert, but he was RAOC and NOT REME. Also his DOB is 1910 and NOT 1911. Did he live in Chelmsford ?
   
   
Name: Sarah G
Location Essex UK
Comments: Hello My grandad was a POW on the Burma Railway. His name was John Edward Gilbert born 1911 and he was part of REME - Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers. He survived the railway and we think he was at Nong Pladuk camp amongst others. Do you have any records or more information about him please?
   
   
Name: caroline nonis
Location Singapore
Email: carolinececilea@gmail.com
Comments: Truly grateful for anyone with information on a Wilfred Pieters (Peters). A dutch man, my great grandfather who married a Catherine de Silva. Lived in the straits settlement (Malacca & Singapore). Was taken as a POW during the Japanese Occupation (1942-1945). He was probably in his 40s or 50s when he was taken and was never to be heard again. All I know is he was taken in for interrogation. Not sure whether he was then brought to another camp or another country to build roads or railways. He used to work in telecoms before WW2. Left behind 5 children. Grateful for any information at all.
   
   
Name: Hilary Curran
Location Brisbane, australia
Comments: My uncle Joshua Malan Metcalfe was captured at the fall of Singapore, sent to Changi then to Burma railway. Thankfully he survived because of Dr. Stanley Pavillard, in whose book Bamboo Doctor, he is mentioned. My parents and grandmother also lived in Malaya before the war and had to leave at short notice. My father, Superintendent of British Police John Beaufoy James Birch had to return in January 1942 after a leave and was killed almost immediately by the Japanese advancing down the Malay peninsula. At the time I was only five months old but do remember going to meet my uncle Mal on his return to Melbourne after the war.
   
   
Name: Elizabeth Kimi Otani
Location Portland, OR
Email: ekimio.otani@gmail.com
Comments: I am trying to find information on George Genji Otani. I would appreciate any information. Note: He is my Fathers Father and he is also my Grandfather. When World War 11 broke out he being George Genji Otani the FBI Picked him up in broad daylight and was deported back to Japan because the FBI did not Trust him. Our Family has never heard from him again. We don't know if he is dead or alive. Please help me. Sincerely, Elizabeth Kimi Otani
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 24.01.2014
Comments: Hi Kylie. ... The following information was available ===== Private John Allen Green ===== Service Number: NX41362 ===== Date of Birth: 7/2/1918 ===== Place of Birth: Walcha, NSW ===== Place of Enlistment: Tamworth, NSW, 12/11/1940 ===== Ship to Singapore: Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt 29/7/1941 ===== Entrained with "H" Force on 8/5/1943 ===== Died at Kanu 2 Camp (name also spelt Konyu and Kannyu and Canu) ===== Date of death: 24/06/1943... ===== Reason of death: Cholera.
   
   
Name: Kylie
Location Northern Territory
Email: khughston1@hotmail.com
Comments: I am trying to find out anything about my Uncle that died as a POW in 1942 at Kanchanburi Thailand. His name was John Allan Green and he was a member of the 2/30 Battalion . I only know that his work party was listed as "H" force. Any information would be appreciated. 
   
   
Name: Graeme Gwyn
Location Hampshire, England
Email: graemegwyn@hotamil.com
Comments: My grandfather, John David Gwyn was part of F Force and died at Kami Songkurai Camp on the 29th September 1943. I knew he was a Prisoner of War and buried in Thanbyuzayat War Cemetary but made some enquiries with the FEPOW community and opened up so much information which also led me to this site. He served with the Royal Signals, signing up when the war started. He started life on the Gower Peninsula as a farm labourer and moved to Treharris in the South Wales Valleys to work in the coal mine there. Died at the age 0f 27. Thank you for such an informative website.
   
   
Name: Alexandra Angus Rennie
Location Australia
Email: leslie.anderson49@yahoo.com
Comments: Does anyone know anything about the POW camp  at Lampang, Thailand, where my uncle Cpl Angus Rennie was executed by the Japanese for  attempting to escale in 1944.
   
   
Name: Jimmy
Location Northumberland
Email: jimmylukluk@googlemail.com
Website: www.luk-lukproductions.co.uk
Comments: Dear all.. Inherited some letters from my late mum's uncle Alex. He died as a POW at Kamburi on 30/9/43. His sister, my grandmother, never knew what really happened to him. My mum's aunty found out by chance and visited the grave (camp grave 169) I'm putting the story together bit by bit, but alas I'm the last one now to gather the information, however my daughters will be given the materials....some day. Thanks for this site, if only my late grandmother (died 1986), my Grandfather (1967) and my late parents could have seen these few snippets of knowledge, it would have answered many questions. Alex's details were: Alexander Richardson, Northumberland Fusiliers, Died at Kamburi 30/9/43.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 17.01.2014
Comments: Hi Diane, The 2nd Loyals file is extremely faded, and has been overwritten in many instances. W.Williams actually appears in the file as I. Williams, but I am able to confirm it is the right person by the service number of 3356427. For extra confirmation it shows an address of 1 Church Walk, Westhoughton. The 1942 file shows that he was one of the earliest to be sent to the Railroad on 26.06.1942. This was known as First Mainland Party, and their task initially was to build the housing camp at Non Pluduc.
   
   
Name: Diane
Location Canada
Comments: Correction.. News article 2 Nov 1945 is when it says he recently returned from camp
   
   
Name: Diane
Location Canada
Email: dianes_email@hotmail.com
Comments: I'm researching my great uncle William Edward Williams. News article dated 2 Nov 1938 says he recently returned to Westhoughton from a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. Before enlisting in Jan 1938, he was employed at Cleworth Collery Tyldesley. He was married in Andover, Southampton Oct 1938 which includes info No. 3356427 Private Loyal Regt - Jellalabad Barracks, South Tidsworth. Father also William Edward Williams.
   
   
Name: Carl Autie
Location Oldbury in UK
Email: jedidragon@mail.com
Website: Japanese POW
Comments: Leonard Autie  sergeant in the Staffs captured served on Burma Railway and without his brother in law (my uncle Cyril ) working in the  cook house  sneaking food out to the lads and to  Len and others wouldnt have  made it, Cryil would have faced certain death !
   
   
Name: carl
Location autie
Email: jedidragon@mail.com
Website: Japanese POW
Comments: Both my uncles where on that terrible railway especially my uncle Len who really never got over the experience he passed away of which I miss him He never did speak off his time but ones imagation can only guess  
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Annette, that is all we needed, once we have this confirmation it is now possible to follow through via his regiments records. I will send some file photos through by email.
   
   
Name: Annette Taylor
Location melbourne
Email: justintaylor5@bigpond.com
Comments: We have found some exact information from speaking to a relative its not much but its something. His name was William Amhurst Taylor  (Sgt Taylor WA) he was in the  6th Batalion Royal Norfolk Regiment he was a Sgt and his number was 5778914 and the camp was Chaung Kai in 1943. NOt sure on the spelljng of the camp.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 11.01.2014
Comments: Annette, There is a lot of uncertainty about which Taylor is your Granddad. I dont think it is right for me to post certain details on the web in case we are referring to the wrong person. I will send email with some details to try and establish some facts.
   
   
Name: Carolyn Tate
Location Shepperton, Middx
Email: carolyn.tate31@btinternet.com
Comments: My late father Lt. Douglas McKenzie of the Royal Artillery was POW on the Death Railway and told me briefly the story of a radio being hidden and some men being beaten. He never got over the war and died young. I believe he might have know Eric Lomax - how can I find out?
   
   
Name: Annette Taylor
Location Melbourne
Email: Justin.taylor5@bigpond.com
Comments: Mike, Weay have found something on the net which makes us think his full name is Reginald William Amhurst Taylor and we think he may have been in the royal Norfolk regiment. My husband remembers his grandad used to have a tin which was given to his late uncle and inscribed on that small tin was one of the Japanese pow camps which another prisoners have engraved while In the POW camp.  He also remembers his grandad had some medals but throughout the years he doesn't know where they are then we moved to australia. doesn't know who had them  one 
   
   
Name: Annette taylor
Location Melbourne
Email: Justin.taylor5@bigpond.com
Comments: All we really know is he was born in swaffam, Norfolk. We know he was married to Myrtle Patterson   He survived the camps but never spoke of what happened or which camp he was In. We also know that before he went to Singapore he fought in the Dunkirk campaign. Hope this helps. 
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Annette, I think I have found him, but there are a lot of William Taylors. Are you able to confirm what town he lived in ?
   
   
Name: Annette Taylor
Location melbourne
Email: justin.taylor5@bigpond.com
Comments: I am trying to help my husband start to try and find out some history about his grandfather who we know was a POW but thats really about it. His name was name was William Amhurst Taylor  and he was with one of the Norfolk army regiments.  We are just starting out to try and trace his army hustory of what camps he was in and any advice or information would be gratefully received.  We have tried lots of searches but cannot seem to find  anything. We believe his date of birth 18th May 1921. Unfortunately there is no living relatives to confirm this with.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 10.01.2014
Comments: Andy, Gnr Robert Rowley was a member of 240 Battery, 77 H.A.A. and taken prisoner on 08.03.1942 on Java. He was sent to Singapore, arriving as part of Java Party 13, on 13.02.1943 He was then sent by train to the Burma / Siam railway on 17.05.1943, which I believe was part of 'H Force', and Initially this group went to Tonchan Camp 139 Kilometres north of Non Pluduc.
   
   
Name: AndyKeeling
Location Staffordshire UK
Email: andy@wolstanton.net
Comments: My grandmother recently passed away and within her documents was the details of her father. I knew that her father died when she was young but we never spoke about any detail. I discovered he was gunner Robert Rowley (1627511) of the Royal Artillery and is buried at Kanchanaburi Thailand. Date of Death is 4/12/1943. Does anyone on this site have any advice or assistance in finding any more about him?? Anything would be appreciated. What a great site as well!!!
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 05.01.2014
Comments: Hi Lynne. Your Dad is listed as being sent on train 4, on 22.10.1942. This was known as the Sime Road Party or Workgroup 4. Initially they would have arrived at the base camp (Camp 1 ?) at Nong Pladuk. Although I cannot view your Dads Liberation Questionaire, I can see a copy of one of the men from his regiment who travelled on the same train. Although there is no guarantee they travelled together to all camps, this is what Lance Bdr. Norman Dean wrote: ..... Tamakan Camp, Oct 42 - June 43 under Col Toosey (bridge on the River Kwai). Takanaki (? very feint) July 43 - Oct 43. Tarsoa Nov 43 - Jan 44 (Lt Col "Weary" Dunlop). Chunkai Jan 44 - May 44. (Weary Dunlop) Nakhom Pathom ( Hospital Camp) Jun 44 - Aug 45..
   
   
Name: Lynne Davies
Location United Kingdom
Email: lynne472davies@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: My father, John Idwal Davies (No 964083-135th Field regiment, RA)  was captured in 1942 in Singapore and ended up in No 1 POW camp Thailand.  Does anyone know if this camp goes under  any other name please since I am having problems in locating this camp on any maps?
   
   
Name: joanne boosey
Location United Kingdom
Email: L13P20@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: hi mike my aunty gave you some information on james edward preston ( edward james preston (ted) ) army number 5472470 member of 4th btl norfolk you said in reply he was sent overland on 21.10.42 where was he sent from and have you or know where i could get more information please any photos would be amazing id be very gretful for any information links anything many thanks jo
   
   
Name: Alexandra Angus Rennie
Location Australia
Email: leslie.anderson49@yahoo.com
Comments: Many thanks for both Mike and Jonathon for their invaluable help in tracing my relatives, Alexander and Angus Rennie, captured by the Japanese. Could not have done it without them.
   
   
Name: Annie Whelan
Location United Kingdom
Email: anniewhelan@aol.com
Comments: Hi there, trying to find out more about my grandfather Bernard Scott who not  only was imprisoned in Changi  during the war, but also worked there as a colonial police officer prior to the wall. He was married to a chinese local by Grandmother Hapsa and they had just built a new house on Pearl Hill close to the prison prior to the invasion . His family of five children and wife escaped on the last boat out according to family lore.
   
   
Name: Jess Beck
Location UK
Email: Maryhoward6688@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: Reginald Victor Wills, working for the Singapore Straits Times newspaper at the time of the Japanese invasion. Taken prisoner and interned initially in Changi Gaol. Then moved to a camp in Burma I believe and ended up working on Burma-Siam railway. Released at the end of the war by American troops I think. I've been unable to track anything down on POW websites as he was a civilian. Any help gratefully received
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 30.12.2013
Comments: Hi Alexandra, ....... Cpl Angus Rennie of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, service number 2979984. Taken prisoner in the jungle of Malaya, probably on 7th January 1942 at the Battle of Slim River. Imprisoned at Pudu Gaol, Kuala Lumpar. Sent to Ban Pong on the Railroad on 14th October 1942. Arrived at Tamarkan Camp on 23rd October 1942. Died 29th November 1944, now buried at Chunkai Cemetery. I cant help regarding Alexander (service number 14364524), but I am rather puzzled by the fact that he is recorded as having died nearly 2 months after the end of the war, on 13/10/1945, yet does not have a grave, and is remembered on the Singapore Memorial. I can only assume that this is the date he was identified as missing from all rolls of POWs.
   
   
Name: Mrs Alexandra Angus Anderson
Location QLD, Australia
Email: lesie.anderson49@yahoo.com
Comments: I am named after two uncles who were Japanese POWs. They were Pte Alexander Rennie , Army Catering Corps. His brother was Cpl Angus Rennie of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Both died while prisoner. Does anyone know anything about them? Alexandra.
   
   
Name: Robbie Scott
Location Scotland
Email: bobbyscott@hotmail.com
Comments: Mike, sincere thanks for taking the time to find out about my granddad. It's mindblowing for me to think that when I was 20 I was having the time of my life backpacking across Australia, without a care in the world - yet at the same age my granddad was in the living hell of a Japanese POW camp. I would not be typing this if he had not survived - I would not have been born - so I have much to be thankful for, not least to his POW comrades who took him under their wing because he was a 'youngster'. His three years as a POW had a huge bearing on his future self and, not surprisingly, gave him and his immediate family plenty of dark times. He died 10 years ago but I am still, and always will be, immensely proud of the incredible human spirit and sheer will to survive he and his comrades displayed all those years ago. May they all Rest in Peace. Thank you for your kindness in answering my request for assistance.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 28.12.2013
Comments: Hi Robbie. ........... Leading Airman James McGhee. Service number 1059288. 5 Blackfriars Street, Edinburgh. Taken prisoner on Java 08.03.1942 Spent all his imprisonment on Java and surrounding islands. Tasikmalaja 08.03.42 , Malang 16.04.42 , Soerabayja 12.10.42 , Ambon Island 05.05.43 , Batavia 08.11.44
   
   
Name: Trish Sara (nee Filkins)
Location Sydney, Australia
Email: Trish@decoratorscatalogue.com.au
Comments: My father, Neville Filkins was in Changi after the fall in Singapore.  I was 21 when he died and never had the opportunity to talk to him about his time there.  I'd be most grateful if anyone knows anything about dad or whose own father ever mentioned him.  I wish I had the opportunity to know him and appreciate him for what he endured and.survived.  
   
   
Name: Robbie Scott
Location Scotland
Email: bobbyscott@hotmail.com
Comments: Hello! I'd be sincerely grateful for any details of my late grandfather, James McGhee (DOB 26/1/22), of Edinburgh, of the RAF, who spent and survived three years in a Japanese POW camp or camps in Java. General searches have not shed any light on this. If you can help at all, that would be great.
   
   
Name: Marijke Klahn
Location Wichita! Kansas
Email: mvklahn@hotmail.com
Comments: Hello,  I am trying to research information about my father Leo  (Leendert) Vermeulen. He was taken prisoner of war by the Japanese while living in Batavia, (Jakarta), in  1942. He was a citizen of the Netherlands. His hometown was Amsterdam. Thank you.
   
   
Name: Angela Green
Location Isle of Wight UK
Email: wighthaven@talktalk.net
Comments: I wondered if you have now found any information on a camp called 'HATATIG' Capt Bennett Sigs as Camp Leader and Capt Steward RM Rgt as Leader.  This is taken from my father's Liberation questionaire.  I have read the articles about Brereton that you suggested and other books with hints of the Long march from Nakhom Nyok.  Thank you.
   
   
Name: Gary Lewis
Location Bromley Kent
Email: Gary@a1plc.co.uk
Website: Www.a1plc.co.uk
Comments: My uncle harry ( Henry ) Lewis was a royal engineer Was captured Singapore and work on death railway . Does anyone have any information or remember him ? 
   
   
Name: Kathy Lennox
Location Australia
Comments: Hi Mike, Thank you, no not Australian> He is Scottish!
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Lynda...... Just relised I cant email you , you will have to repost with email address.
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Lynda .. Although sadness, what a wonderful age to reach and truly amazing after all that these men went through. I have a couple of files that show his name as RAOC and not REME attached to the 6th Norfolks. If you would like copies respond to email sent.
   
   
Name: Lynda turk
Location Somerset, England
Comments: Just to let you know that my father Denis Selby died 17th Sept this year. He was 96. He survived 3 1/2 years as a guest of the Japanese on the Burma railway. He was in the REME joined to the 8th Norfolks.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 14.12.2013
Comments: Ian ---- I cant add much apart from service number 5772316, from Chapel Terrace, Kings Lynn. First sent out from Changi on 07.11.1942 which I think puts him in No. 7 Group. 1260 UK troops sent over 3 days 7th - 9th Nov. Amember of the 6th Norfolks who was on the same train lists they went to Non Pladuk under Lt.Col Gill, and were later with Col Toosey (Bridge on Kwai).
   
   
Name: Ian Wakefield
Location Loughborough UK
Email: wakey.co@tiscali.co.uk
Website: www.mypastforme.com
Comments: Mike do you have any info on my G Uncle Henry William Wakefield born 1918 in King's Lynn. He served in the Norfolk Regiment 6th Battalion and was POW for 3 1/2 yes on the Thai - Burma railway?
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 14.12.2013
Comments: Kathy ........ Would he have been a UK serviceman or an Australian service man. I only have records of UK POW's and he is NOT listed. There were just 3 POW's named Lennox who were captured, and their christian names were Bernard, Edward, and Gordon. There are however at least 3 Australians named Lennox who died in the Far East, so I assume there must be several who survived.
   
   
Name: Kathy Lennox
Location Australia
Comments: Hi, I just sent an email to your Contact but I don't think it worked. It said,  I believe my father William Lennox born 22/08/1922 in Glasgow. I believe he was a POW in Burma. Can you help me in finding out if this is true? Thanking you in advance Kathy Lennox
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 12.12.2013
Comments: Annie, John Thorpe was a member of the 2nd Btl. Cambridgeshire Regiment. Taken prisoner at Singapore 15.02.42. Home address listed as Newmarket Road, Risby, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. Sent OVL (overland train) to the Railroad on 02.11.42. This was known as "P Party". Died of beri beri at Chunkai. If you want any photos from files add your email. Mike
   
   
Name: Annie Thorpe
Location England
Comments: Any details would be appreciated  on John Phillip Thorpe,5835298 Cambrideg Regt died 31st May 1943, Thailand, believe he was POW Burma railway.  Many thanks 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 09.12.13
Comments: Hi Nicola. He is listed as taken prisoner on 15.12.1941. Service number 860044 Royal Artillery. I would need his regiment to look up any further information about which camps etc he was sent to. Probably ended up in Osaka Japan at end of war.
   
   
Name: nicola
Location northampton
Email: nicolasmith572@btinternet.com
Comments: Am interested in finding out if reginald richardson is on your records please? I believe he was a prisoner of war for around 4 years.
   
   
Name: patrick oconnell
Email: oconnell4@ntlworld.com
Comments: .HELLO, I AM TRYING TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON MY FATHER THOMAS JOSEPH OCONNELL SERVICE NUMBER 1115802  88THFIELD.. REGT, CAPTURED .AT SINGAPORE. WOULD BE GRATEFUL FOR ANY HELP.
   
   
Name: x
Comments: Jackie, Its difficult to know whether you mean his name is Ingle or McMurty, but surprisingly there was just one soldier called Ingle who was a prisoner of the Japanese, and there was NO prisoners by the name of McMurty. Donald Ingle, from Illinois, serial number 19056604, 31st Infantry HQ. Taken prisoner in the Philippines and sent to Fukuoka 08B camp, Inatsuki. Rescued in Sept. 1945.
   
   
Name: jackie ingle
Location kootenai idaho
Email: jringle693@gmail. com
Comments: Im trying to find my dad im sure he is no longer alive never knew him all i know is he was a pow in japan and married my mom eva mae mcmurty i was born in 1956 they wernt togeather then.just want to know abot him.
   
   
Name: annette
Location australia
Email: kerpies@bigpond.com
Comments: seeking info on my late father-in-law who served as a submariner with the dutch navy. taken prisoner to the Japanese mainland and there until the end of the war. name --Cornelius johan KERP. also his father who was a civilian prisoner on java. name -- august friedrick KERP
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 23.11.2013
Comments: Hi Patrick (re Thomas Joseph O’Connell) Your father was a member of the 88th Field Regiment, service number 1115802, and sailed from Gourock on 29th September 1941 onboard the Empress of Canada. This was known as Convoy WS 12. It called into Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 14.10.41 and departed on 19.10.41, arriving Capetown 29.10.41. The convoy split and his became WS12J sailing for Colombo, arriving 23.11.41. The convoy split again and his became WS12V sailing on 24.11.41 for Singapore, arriving 28.11.41. A quick search on the internet for “88th Field” will show the positioning in Malaya and the battles encountered, including Ipoh, as they retreated to Singapore. The file from Changi shows that he was sent to the Burma/Siam Railroad on 30.10.42 under the command of Lt. Col. C. E. MacKeller of the 118 Field Regiment. This was known as the “S Party”. Also handwritten on his file it states “Reported Dead” !! You will need his Liberation Questionnaire from The National Archives at Kew, to establish which camps he then went to. I will email some file photos for you.
   
   
Name: Emeraldo Syli
Location US
Email: EmeraldoSyli@qit.ca
Website: http://www.pows-of-japan.net/
Comments: I can still remember when i read a post on a guy that testified about a great healing man called Dr Shant on how he cured his Lingering Herpes, i took Dr Shant email address which Indianspell@yahoo.com and also contacted him about my Hiv/Aids i contacted years back, i battled this illness for long, just INDI B1 HERBAL REMEDY DRUGS Dr Shant prepared for me i was cured 100% his drugs really penetrate through my body and cured my Hiv/Aids indeed his drugs is a spiritual healing drugs... Get in touch with him so that he can cure your sickness at once.
   
   
Name: christiana
Location USA
Email: ese@gmail.com
Comments: Am so grateful to Dr James Olorun for what he has done for me,At first i was thing he was a scam and also thinking if i was doing the right,But when i decided to contact him i told him my problem he laughed and told me that everything will be okay within 48hours,So i decided to give it a try in which i contacted him he told me that i should remove all taught from my mind and be happy, Really on the second day i just got a cal from someone.The person was weeping then i decided to ask who was i speaking to then he called his name Richard i was shocked i asked him what happened he said he is really sorry for what he has done to me for the past 3years for leaving me alone.That i should please forgive him that he will make it up with me.So then i said let him come over which he did as he was coming he got me a new car and also said i should have access to his account top prove to me that he will never leave me for anything now we are bought together and we are going to celebrate this Xmas in any country of my choice,Which we are preparing for.Now we are together and he cant do without me friends am so happy to Dr James Olorun for bringing back happiness to my life.i swear with my life Dr James Olorun his a man to trust you can , My name is Christiana; contact him on his email, Olorunoduduwaspiritualtemple@live.com, or Olorunoduduwaspiritualtemple@gmail.com
   
   
Name: MIke
Location 20.11.2013
Comments: R.Waterson. Member of 5th Norfolks. File date badly smudged, but it looks like he was sent OVL on 21.04.1943 to the Railroad. Also shows OVS (overseas) against his name, but no date entered, suggesting he returned to Singapore and was probably then sent to Japan. Shows address as 59, Victoria Road, Gt. Yarmouth.
   
   
Name: M. Swann
Location Great Yarmouth
Comments: Trying to track down some information on Private 5778548 Reginald C. Waterson of the Norfolks. Captured 15th February 1942. Date of liberation is unknown to me as is his resting place. He survived the war and returned to Great Yarmouth. I believe he died in June 1985 but the whereabouts of his grave is unknown to me. 
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Website: malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
Comments: Jo - your Gordon Highlander enquiry - if he was in the 2nd Battalion,captured at Singapore, I can't see an exact fit on the nominal roll. There was a Pte Alexander McLean Moir from Elton, Aberdeenshire who died at Kanyu 2, Thailand in June 1943 aged 30. There was the battalion RSM, Alexander Walker Milne from Monymusk, Aberdeenshire. He survived captivity and was awarded the OBE in 1946. There was also a Pte WIlliam Alexander Moir who survived,  There were two Gordon Highlander Battalions actually fought in the Burma Campaign - the 8th [City of Aberdeen] Battalion and the 9th [Donside] Battalion - it is possible he served in one of these and was a POW in Rangoon Gaol. If you contact the Regimental Museum via their website they will, I'm sure have records. Otherwise it is the POW index cards at National Archives, Kew.       
   
   
Name: Jo
Location Qld, Australia
Comments: I am wondering if anyone can help, i have been researching my family history and am looking for any information on my grandfather Albert Alexander Moir, could also be known as Albert Shepherd Milne. my grandfather served in the Gordon Highlanders during WW2 and was a far east prisoner of war. i know very little as he was estranged but my family believed he was in Burma for at least some of the time. anything at all would be greatly appreciated
   
   
Name: Donnie Mac Fadyen
Location Annan
Email: donniemacfadyen@aol.com
Comments: Thanks again for the information and the speed of your reply. I have found very little from other searches, but I believe the 122nd is called the forgotten regiment. I should also have added my father was from Oban. Again I can't thank you enough for your information.Unfortunately my father developed problems throught his life and was ordered to destroy photographs and anything that could remind him of his prison days otherwise I might have had information I could have shared.
   
   
Name: Julie
Location Central Coast
Email: julie.library@hotmail.com
Comments: I met a wonderful lady called Roma Lawlor who told me about the interview with her late husband about his time as a POW . What a wonderful resource for historians and students. Thank you
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 11.11.2013
Comments: Donnie, Your father was a a member of the 122nd Field Regiment, service number 1440444. Date of capture was 15.02.42 at the fall of Singapore. He was one of the first to leave Singapore on 26.06.1942 and it was known as "First Mainland Party". Their task initially was to build the housing camp at Non Pluduc to house future work parties en route for up country. These troops were also involved in building the railway through to Kanchanaburi, assisted by Thai workers. To get a detailed list of his camps you would need to see if there is a copy of his Liberation Questionaire at the National Archives, but only about half of the men actually completed one. Email also sent, should you want a copy of the 122nd file showing his name. Mike
   
   
Name: patrick oconnell
Location United Kingdom
Email: oconnell4@ntlworld.com
Comments: my father was thomas joseph oconnell captured at singapore 1942, royal artillery would any body have any information about him.he survived . three and a half years in captivity, and died in 1969. he was born in cork city in 1919.                                                
   
   
Name: Donnie Mac Fadyen
Location Annan
Email: donniemacfadyen@aol.com
Comments: I would like to find out what camps my father was in I know he was in Changi at some point. His name was Donald Mac Fadyen Royal Artillary Probably know as Donnie. Any help welcom
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 10.11.2013
Comments: Hi Antony, I have two J.Patersons who may be your grandfather. Can you confirm whether he lived at either Bellfield Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow or Elderdine Terrace, Edinbugh in 1941 ?
   
   
Name: Antony devlin
Location Glasgow
Comments: My grandfather James Miller Paterson is said to have been taken prisoner possibly in Burma.  His dob is 21 March 1912 in Glasgow. Not sure of regiment but was based at Maryhill Barracks before posting. Any info on pow records would be gratefully received.
   
   
Name: Matty
Location United States
Comments: My second cousin died in Kamp 5, in Taratakbulu, Riau, Sumatra. I have found a copy of his death certificate by the Japanese. It makes me weep that under the wrong circumstances, any human is capable of such atrocities.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 04/10/2013
Comments: Terence - - - - a little info. re your father. WO1 (RSM) S. Hunt, service number 784348. No details of March 42 - June 44. 22/06/1944 arrived Pakan Baroe as part of Java 21 Party presumably to work on the Sumatra Death Railway. Hell Ship name unknown, but it was a direct journey from Java to Sumatra without the usual stop in Singapore. 313 British and 1615 Dutch.
   
   
Name: Terence Hunt
Location Manchester UK
Email: Terencehunt@sky.com
Comments: Sidney Walter Norman Hunt My father served Sidney in the Royal Artillery in Indonesia. He was under the command of Sitwell. I am trying to find any information about his time as A POW.
   
   
Name: Sue
Location Northamptonshire
Email: suedesborough@hotmail.com
Comments: Does anyone remember Aubrey Breeds?  He is my uncle and still going strong!
   
   
Name: Mike
Location 25.09.2013
Comments: Bridie. Your father was a member of the 4th Btl. Norfolks, and shown as living at Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea. Was sent overland on 21.10.42 to Ban Pong in Siam. A fellow POW who travelled on the SAME train lists these camps -- 04.11.42 Tarsao Camp (125 miles north), Konguita Camp (?) 20.07.44, Rintin (?) 01.09.44, and Tamakan 05.01.45.
   
   
Name: Bridie Heuer
Location Cambridgeshire
Email: spinneyinteriors@waitrose.com
Comments: Hi Trying to find out about my late father - James Edward Preston - or may have been known as Edward James Preston (Ted). He was in the Royal Norfolk Regiment - Army No. 5472470. He was taken prisoner and sent to the Changhi Jail from where he was taken to work on the Burma Railway for about 3 years......where can I find any corroboration of this? Thankyou
   
   
Name: Alison Chesterton
Location United Kingdom
Email: alitonypupcat@btinternet.com
Comments: Thank you for all your hard work. This is an invaluable website to remind us of the sacrifices and the suffering that went on to secure our freedom from tyranny.  It should be compulsory in secondary education what the price of war costs and we should never forget those who died. Every Remembrance day should be respected. Some youth and adults do not see what the value of remembrance is but for the millions who have died this World would be a very different place. The Holocaust often overshadows what happened to the Far East POWs we were never taught about the Burma railway or what went on in my education so websites like this are a wealth of information and first hand experience. 
   
   
Name: Andy
Location London
Email: andykeates@akeates.fsnet.co.uk
Comments: Mike - yes ! Grandad Alex lived in Holborn Rd, Plaistow, but he was born in Montrose. That's where his family were from. He had 6 brothers, but they all went to Australia on the £10 crossing ships. he was the only one who stayed. Any info you have would be brilliant. Other e-mail address added...and Thanks !
   
   
Name: Melanie bent
Location Cardiff
Email: Melanie szara@gmail.com
Comments: My grandfather William (Bill) Herbert James was a pow at changi jail from 1942-45 I am desperate for information from his fellow inmates.  I know of one a Tubby Harris who shared his passion for radio broadcasting - I think they built a small radio while imprisoned.
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Website: malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk
Comments: No e mail address for me to reply to. SYDNEY RAMSAY was born 29.9.1913 and was from Dundee. He worked for Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd, Batu Gajah, Perak. He served in the Perak Volunteers [1FMSVF] and was captured at Singapore 15.2.1942. In April 1943 he was sent to Thailand in the notorious F Force and died at Songkrai of beriberi. POW records give his next of kin as Ms I. Robertson, 3 Pitfour St, Dundee. I hope this helps. Do have a look at our Malayan Volunteers Group website. 
   
   
Name: David A
Location Edinburgh
Comments: I am looking for information regarding my relative SYDNEY RAMSAY ( Private 13659) who served with the 1st (Perak) Bn Federated Malay States Volunteer Force, died 22 Aug 1943 and is buried in the THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY
   
   
Name: Leone Britt
Location Nowra NSW Australia
Email: leonebritt@dodo.com.au
Comments: Hi, I'm doing some family history and am related to Gunner Sonny Lang who died in Koepang as a POW. His number is NX 39191 2/1 Heavy Battery. Do you know anyoen who remembers him. He was just 20 years old.
   
   
Name: Mike
Comments: Andy, re below post, I meant Plaistow, london for your Grandad, but Montrose for your Great Grandfather. Mike
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 17.09.2013
Comments: Andy, Did your Grandad live at Kingard Street, Montrose ? If so I can supply quite a bit of information as he was in the same prisoner camp as my dad. Best to send more by email, but the email address you put in your first post does not work. Hotmail bounces it back as not recognised. Mike
   
   
Name: Andy
Comments: Have just spoken to my brother about this and he said he knows granddad was a Gunner. He did some family tree research and didn't find much at all, but he has written down that Alec was in the 5th Field Regt. Not sure how much that helps
   
   
Name: Andy
Comments: Mike - thanks very much. The field gunner would fit in with the little info that I have. Will have a look at the Kew site and see what's needed
   
   
Name: Diane
Location Blackpool Uk
Email: sev56@yahoo.co.uk
Website: ?
Comments: My dad Harry Motteram) was taken prisoner on Singapore in 1942 and was amongst the first to go 'up country' in June 1942. He was in the 147th (RA) Blackpool Regt. Does anyone know of any other survivors? Dad is now 93
   
   
Name: George Brander
Location Spain
Email: george.brander@gmail.com
Comments: Thank you for this web site. My father, a Gordon Highlander was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore. He was transported from Singapore on 29th April 1943 as part of "F" force. he was taken ill on 28th May 1943 and died of Cholera three days later at Changaraya camp.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 14.09.2013
Comments: Andy, cant help much, without his regiment, but I can tell you that his service number was 866433, which was issued to a Field, or Coast, or Anti Aircraft Regiment. I cant see his name in my files. As you live in London your best route would be to go to the National Archives in Kew where you could get his Prisoner Index Card, which would then give you his regiment. From this you would then be able to repost and get a lot more information. (be sure to read the documentation you need to take with you to Kew to be able to get into the Documents Room). Mike
   
   
Name: Andy
Location London UK
Email: itsmeandy101@hotmail.com
Comments: Interested in any information on my late grandfather Alexander Sturrock Walker. The only family info I have handed down is that he was a gunner, and was captured in Burma and held prisoner in Japan. I spent most weekends with my granddad between 6-10 and would like to find out more about his service history. His experiences must have been extremely hard but he was always great to me and it's kind of a way of paying some respect by finding out more. Thanks
   
   
Name: Janice O'Reilly
Location Casino Australia
Email: dejani134@bigpond.com
Comments: Hi I am researching my Great Uncle Harold James Dorse. He was in 2/30 Battalion A Company 8 Platoon in Singapore. He became a POW and part of F force and was moved to help with the construction of the Burma Railway. He died aged 24 on 24 Jan 1944 at Doi Tambaya and is buried at Thanbyuzayat War Cementery. I am just trying to find more about him if anybody knows of what he was like or any stories that may have been have involved him. I am not sure which camp he was sent to but he was transported on Train 5 Truck 5. If anyone is able to enlighten me further it would be greatly appreciated. These guys went to hell and not all of them came back. I really am struggling with what these guys had to endure.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 06.09.2013
Comments: Danielle, There appears to be only one L. Edmonds who was a POW. However, as you state it is only rumour, can you confirm a few details before I post information, just in case it is not him. What was his mothers surname in 1941 (it was NOT Edmonds). Do you know where he/she was living in 1941 ? Mike
   
   
Name: mary symons
Location newcastle england
Comments: my father was a prisoner at hintok he was a gunner in the royal artillery he was called john james Rowley his regiment was 240/77 heavy anti aircraft he died 10th august 1943 of cholera his grave is located at chunkai military cemetery did anyone know him or know anything about him where he served
   
   
Name: Danielle
Location Bedforshire UK
Email: daniharding@btinternet.com
Comments: There is a family rumour that my Great Uncle Leslie George Edmonds born 1915 in Herefordshire, was a POW in Burma during WW2. He was a member of the Army I think but he is not talked about as he was said to be a bad egg. wondered if the rumour is true so I can clear his reputation as being damaged by his torture and neglect. Hope you can help.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 05.09.2013
Comments: Karen, he is listed as having died on the Montevideo Maru. Listed as being a civilian, age 49, and his job was Finance Bureau Officer. It states he was from Kokopo in PNG.
   
   
Name: Karen
Location Australia
Email: karen.corkery@yahoo.com.au
Comments: My uncl Harry Orton Townsend was a POW in PNG, and died there, or died on the "Montevideo Maru". Does anyone know anything? Thank you.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 04.09.2013
Comments: Michelle, As you may have already found out, there was only 4 men who were POWs in the Far East with the name McNulty, and only one was in the RAF. However, his christian name was Hugh. He became a POW (as many RAF men did) on Java on 08.03.1942. He may well have been sent to the Burma Railroad as many of them were. I have no further information about him except that his RAF number was 1372110. Possibly worth investigating or possibly you are searching for someone who changed his name completely. Mike
   
   
Name: Michelle Kidd
Location cumbria England
Email: shellkidda@googlemail.com
Comments: I am trying to find out about my uncle JAMES JOSEPH McNULTY. All I know is he was born in Dublin in 1923. He ran away with his friend aged 17yrs and somehow managed to join the RAF in England. He must of lied about his age and possibly his name? He was shot down and was a POW in Burma.  He survived and although badly damaged returned to ireland in 1957 with his new wife who had been a nurse during his recovery.  Her name was Mary B Horgan, they married in 1947. They were unable to have children and emigrated to Sidney Australia in 1958. So far I have been unable to trace him through the RAF or as a POW. If anybody can help or give advice I would be very grateful, thank you for reading Michelle.
   
   
Name: Hilary
Location Cheshire
Email: Mhqc63@dsl.pipex.com
Comments: Looking for information about my grandad Ira  Lightfoot Clarke  69/21 LAA RA Captured Java march 1942, Held at Kuching from oct 42-release, But sadly died aged 56
   
   
Name: Kathryn
Location South Yorkshire England
Email: bkroystone@live.co.uk
Comments: Hi, does anyone have any information about my uncle. His name was Roland Thorpe and his regiment was 1/5 Batalian. Sherwood Foresters, Notts and Derby Regiment
   
   
Name: David Preston
Location South Yorkshire UK
Email: Preston.dave@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Really? That is fantastic thankyou very much.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon.  Much appreciated sir
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 27.08.2013
Comments: David, I have loads of information about your granddad as he survivedthe starvation, disease and brutality, in the same POW Camps as my Dad. Will send by email, may take a few days as work busy. Mike
   
   
Name: David Preston
Location South Yorkshire UK
Email: Preston.dave@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: That's HI MIKE ... Not hickey sorry predictive text
   
   
Name: David Preston
Location South Yorkshire UK
Email: Preston.dave@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hickeyhope you are well.  I have just read one of your posts about more information required about regiment etc... He was in the sherwood foresters  if that is any help to you.
   
   
Name: David Preston
Location South Yorkshire UK
Email: Preston.dave@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi I was wondering if anyone had any information about a David Preston(cockerill) May have had the nickname of knocker. He is my grandad and still alive and kicking and fitter than I could ever wish to be.  He was a  Japanese POW and has never really talked about anything which is understandable due to the bad memories it must drag up, but I  have always been curious and more to the point proud of my grandad and his past. So if any one could help please get In touch. My grandad is from maltby near rotherham by the way
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 24.08.2013
Comments: Laura, ...... Private Haslam, army number 4805261, joined the 5th Btl Suffolk Regiment. .. Home 1, Atholl Terrace, Egypt Road, Basford, Notts. ....Taken prisoner Singapore, shownn as being sent to the Burma end of the Death Railroad on 27.04.1943. .... Died on 30.05.1943....... buried in grave B4.M.11 at THANBYUZAYAT WAR CEMETERY in Burma
   
   
Name: Laura B
Location Nottinghamshire
Email: LJfamilyhistory13@hotmail.com
Website: n/a
Comments: Hi Does anyone know anything about a Private Frank Haslam? (query made a corporal on his way to Singapore) We understood he died while working on the Burma Railway. He was born in 1918. He was from Nottingham- family has tried for years to find out what happened but with no luck. Thanks
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 23.08.2013
Comments: Jimmy, if I have the right D. McCallum, he was a gunner and not a signalman. Also his regiment was never in Burma, it must have been Malaya. Email was sent but no reply. Mike
   
   
Name: jimmy thomas
Location canada
Email: jsugart@hotmail.com
Comments: My Grandfather Donald Mccallum was a radio man and told me a story of being captured by the japanese in burma he and fellow soldiers planned an escape were they took japanese soldiers life with a knife and successfully escaped and hide in rice fields for weeks were they were taking care of by burmese villagers does any one heard of this story or maybe you knew my grandad. 
   
   
Name: Melanie
Location London
Email: porter.melanie@gmail.com
Comments: Hi, I'm looking for some information really. My grandfather was a pow and worked on the burma railway. From the little information my mother has it seems he was in hospital in singapore when it fell... He never spoke of any of this and my grandmother has since passed away I wondered if anyone has any information on Eric Seller? If so please get in contact with me. thanks Melanie
   
   
Name: Gill
Location UK
Email: gill-oliver@virginmedia.com
Comments: What a heart wrenching account.  My father was CPO Walter Roach commended her. I am so proud of him. How brave these men were.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK 11.08.2013
Comments: Steve, (re 2 posts below), I sent you an email but no reply. If you cannot contact a family memeber, would these documents be suitable for display in the 155th Lanarkshire Yeomany Museum ? Are you aware that his diaries have already been auctioned off in USA ? http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=112638
   
   
Name: Philippa Deane
Location London
Email: Philippajdeane@gmail.com
Comments: My dad Barry Deane was captured inn HK and sent to Japan dockyards. His wife Win was in Stanley HK. They survived and died in 1998 in Brighton. Any knowledge of them?
   
   
Name: Steve
Location West Country
Email: sandjmhales@hotmail.com
Comments: Have letters from James William Hugo. POW  Looking for relatives. Letters need to be with his family. Will need proof before we part  with them.
   
   
Name: Christine banks
Location Chorley lancs
Email: christinebanks1@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: My dad was a prisoner of war for 3&half yrs. And there is a diary and letters I wondered if there is anything that can be done with it.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location UK
Comments: Hi Bryn, I can only confirm for you that 7 men called Alfred Wood died in WW11, but NONE of them died in the Far East. There graves are in ARNHEM , DUNKIRK, ACROMA, JONKERBOS, (Holland),ANZIO, DOVER, and NICOSIA. Therefore you must be looking for someone with another name. Mike
   
   
Name: Bryn Jones
Location Sunderland, United Kingdom
Email: brynjon@gmail.com
Comments: I recall a conversation with my late grandmother regarding her brother who died as a POW in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. I believe this was outside of Japan but this conversation was over 40 years ago and my grandmother sadly is long gone. From doing family history only one of her brothers could have been involved and that would have been Alfred Wood dob approx 1906. I recall a take of Beri Beri and also Elephantitis, however, the two diseases appear to contradict each other. Of course I have have been mistaken with the relationship to my grandmother and she may have spoken of a cousin. I recall finding some sort of medal in the shape of a cross in one of the drawers back in the early 70s but no one was willing to discuss and it was put back. This medal disappeared and may have gone with other possessions during a house clearance. Should there be a resource relating to Alfred Wood or another male called Wood from the Sunderland area I would be grateful of any pointers. Cheers - Bryn
   
   
Name: David McMillan
Location Victoria
Email: motoguzzimackers@yahoo.com
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/motoguzzimac
Comments: A wonderful website and resource.  My grandfather, Harry Madden, served on HMS Maidstone and later emigrated to Western Australia.   https://sites.google.com/site/motoguzzimackersfamilytree/ 
   
   
Name: Mike
Location England
Comments: Over the past month I have emailed 3 people who have posted on this forum requesting information. NOT ONE OF THEM HAVE REPLIED. I cant imagine its just bad manners, but imagine the email has gone into their "Junk" folder, and they have not checked it properly. Its quite sad that there are folk who desperately want information regarding their grandfathers etc, I have information for them, yet they are none the wiser. PLEASE, PLEASE, CHECK YOUR "JUNK" FOLDERS", remember that many have email set-up to only put into your Inbox from contacts you know. Therefore any email from someone trying to answer your requests will automatically go into your JUNK/SPAM folder. Can I also request that folk should always list the regiment if they know it, as most files are by regiment. If you just list a name only, it is virtually impossible to find, but list a regiment and the odds of it being found are considerably better. Mike
   
   
Name: Kay Walters
Location Sydney NSW
Email: reddog12@tpg.com.au
Comments: Does anyone remember my father Cliff Haist he was a Japanese POW during ww2. He belonged to the 2/12th Field Ambulance attached to 8th Division. Army number NX 30261. According to naa records he enlisted at Paddington NSW in May 1940, departed Darwin January 1942 for Timor, missing believed POW April 1942, departed Singapore and returned to Sydney November 1945. Dad died in 1974 he did no talk about being a POW and it has taken me some time before I was able to do anything about his history of being a POW> If anyone has any information I would appreciate it. I also have some photos taken while he was in camps in Cowra and Katherine and unsure what to do with these.
   
   
Name: Kevin Tinley
Location WAPA
Comments: Very interesting, I was curious about the site as my family has a link as my Father was a recipient of the Burma Star (As were many others).
   
   
Name: Gerard Baron
Location Adelaide, South Australia
Email: gerardmbaron@gmail.com
Comments: I am wondering if anyone may possess any information regarding my uncle, Leo Wallis, Bombardier RA who perished  in Kanchanaburi in 1943. Thankyou
   
   
Name: Angela Green
Location Isle of Wight UK
Email: wighthaven@talktalk.net
Comments: Wow how the site has grown.  I am still on the quest for information on the  long marches from April 1945.  My Dad says he'd been on a 600k walk with the nips on a card he sent my mother on his release in late August 1945.
   
   
Name: Adam Sands
Location Perth
Email: lucy@bluesands.com.au
Comments: I just watched your interview with my Great Uncle Alf Worth. Such a moving interview that I shared with mu kids (Alf's Great great Nephews) Well done and thank you.
   
   
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Name: Angus Bliss
Location Newcastle
Email: angusbliss@gmail.com
Comments: My father Roy Joseph Bliss was in the 2/19 battalion. He never spoke much of it. Are there any lists available of the battalion, the units within, who went to the Burma/Thailand railway etc. I have his service record but it has a three year gap in it. He was apparently in Siagon at wars end.
   
   
Name: justine coleman
Location was uk now australia
Email: coleman|_justine@hotmail.com
Comments: my father was captured in Singapore. Was at change.... he lists these camps chonxi bangnosa wongyi and tamuang....can anyone tell me any information about any of these camps.
   
   
Name: nicholai knuppe
Location Perth W Australia
Email: nknuppe@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I am trying to find information on Hank van Citroen, a Dutch POW. He was on the Burma railway and tried to escape from Changi. He was my unofficial godfather.
   
   
Name: Brian Chalmers
Location Boondall Qld
Email: vbchalmers5@bigpond.com
Comments: I am looking for any info on my grandfather Thomas James Extrem NX51274 2/19 batt who died in Sumatra in 1945 aged 44. I
   
   
Name: Doreen Murphy
Location Ireland
Email: dorenemurphy@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi am tryng to get information of my father who was in Burma til; 1943. His name was Sergean Hubert Murphy and was from wicklow ireland.
   
   
Name: Doreen Murphy
Location Ireland
Email: dorenemurphy@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi am tryng to get information of my father who was in Burma til; 1943. His name was Sergean Hubert Murphy and was from wicklow ireland.
   
   
Name: Shirley Barnes
Location Leicester, England
Email: shirleyb60@virginmedia.com
Comments: My dad, Albert Barnes, ex Royal Artillery, passed away in November 2012. He had been told he had 4 months to live in May 2009. Dad was one of the most strong willed people I ever met so he ignored the doctors and lived for three and a half years!!It was this determination that got him through Changi, the Death railway, the Kachidoki Maru, being in the sea for days and then facing yet another camp, Sakata, in Japan. He lived to almost 92, and while his thoughts were sometimes warped by creeping dementia, his memories of the men he fought with and the horrific treatment they endured at the hands of the Japanese, never left him, right up to the end. He gave up hoping that the Japanese Governement would make a real and heartfelt apology for what they did to so many. Thank youo for this site as it keeps the memries of what so many endured, alive.
   
   
Name: Julia Sundin
Location Sydney
Email: jujusundin@iprimus.com.au
Comments: I would be very pleased to hear from ANYONE who knew my father Major Ernie Marsden who was a prisoner on Changi during the second world war. He was the medico at Hellfire Pass for a large part of that time.
   
   
Name: Anthony Spero
Location United Kingdom
Email: antspero@gmail.com
Comments: My late father Corporal David Spero RAF was a POW in Java and then Sumatra at the infamous Pakanbaroe death railway.He was in camp 1,2 and 3.He became famous in camp 3 and mentioned in despatches.He sold all the offices and prisoner clothes and watches by going into the village and selling it to the locals.With the money he obtained food and took it back to the POW.Himand an Irishman by the name of Paddy were the only ones who were prepared to do this risky job.I also have my late fathers writings of his experiences as he was interviewed in the 70s by someone who wanted to write a book about his experiences.Sadly this was  not done but have recently obtained his writings from capture to liberation approx 4 yrs.I Sadly a photo/clip has been lost of Lady Mountbatten visiting the camo before liberation and a few prisoners gathered around her and an air supply drop.mY father was one of the prisoners in this photo.It was a movie clip as my fathers siter saw this in a movie house and recognised him and then new he was alive.I have searched this photo unsuccessfully.Ant correspondence would be welcomed
   
   
Name: Graham Thorne
Location Barnstaple Devon
Email: happy.apple@virgin.net
Comments: Trying to find any information about Alfred (Alfie) Thorne my late cousin who was a prisoner of war in Burma from Westbury On Trym Bristol a prisoner at Burma for several years released after the war with injuries which meant he could not wear shoes and unfortunately could not reintegrate into 'normal' life and became homeless.  No brothers or sisters.  Very little information known but a single postcard from POW camp stating all well.
   
   
Name: Paul Wilson
Location Alford. Lincolnshire
Email: budbombpipe@btinternet.com
Comments: Hi, looking for information on James Albert Wilson. He was my grandad and told me many stories of his capture and time as a Japanese prisoner of war. Unfortunately he passed away in 2009 on his 89th birthday. He went by the name of Albert  a lot. Originally from Brompton Middlesbourgh.  I believe he was a radio operator. Thanks.
   
   
Name: chris
Location kapunda sa
Email: cjoates28@yahoo.com.au
Comments: many years ago i purchased several pow artifacts from the caloundra military museum, amongst these items was a handmade australian flag with a tag that reads changi flag made by sgt aj buckley 10/22 field regement with mates help, the flag is made from military cloth and shows signs of being flown for a period of time, i am wondering if anyone might have any information about this flag.
   
   
Name: Lewis
Location Cheshire
Email: lewis.brown14@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: I am looking for further information about my Grandad Frank Roche, who was a POW at the Changi Camp. He was a Butcher and born on 26/03/1923.  Please dont hesistate in contacting me Via Email.  
   
   
Name: Ken Broadhead
Location Sydney
Email: broadheads@bigpond.com
Website: n/a
Comments: An Obituary for Dr Lloyd Cahill was published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 17 January 2013; he was 98. LtCol Winstanley has a comprehensive summary of his life and a video interview with Dr Cahill done in 2005 - more than worth a look. A fine and indeed priceless tribute to a wonderful Australian.
   
   
Name: Jon Smith
Location Kent, UK
Comments: Thursday 17 Jan 2013 My father was L Bombardier L W Smith. Captured in Singapore on15 Feb 1942 he too nended up on Rakuyo Maru after stories similar to the others you read here. He with 3 Australians was picked up by USS Sealion. Thankyou to the crew of that submarine.
   
   
Name: Eugene flynn
Location Dublin ireland
Email: Flynne@iol.ie
Comments: My uncle Nicholas Flynn a merchant seaman was imprisoned in changi gaol during the war. Where could I get any information about his experience. He has been dead for sometime
   
   
Name: (Edward) Shane Cornell
Location Perth WA
Email: scornell@smcl.com.au
Comments: I am the brother of Ainsley Cornell, who posted earlier. Both Ainsley and myself are putting a trip together in honour of our father Private Edward Ainsley - E. A. Cornell WX16260 2/4 Machine Gun Battalion AIF. So far we have know he was transported to Burma but may have ventured into Thailan south of Three PAgoda Pass at Nike # 3 Camp. It is Ainsley's and my intent to base ourselves at Kanchanburi for about 4 days and see as much as possible. WE are considering a day trip to Three PAgoda PAss and overnight at Songlhaburi. It would be great to do a river return trip, but cannot find any info on how do this. Keep up the good work, and hopefully we will get to meet over coffee. Regards Shane
   
   
Name: AInsley Cornell
Location Kalbarri Western Australia
Email: lano@wn.com.au
Comments: My dad, Edward (Ted) Cornell was in the 2/4th Machine Gun and was captured in Singapore. He spent time in Changi then on the Burma/Thai railway. we have cards from Nike Camp No. 3 and from Moulmein Burma.
   
   
Name: christine hannay
Location Galashiels, Scotland
Email: christineglass@hotmail.com
Comments: My Grandfather was a prisoner of war held in Japan. My mum doesn't speak much about his ordeal but we do know that he used to get wipped at the back of the ears. His name was Victor Harold Newman and he was from Saltburn-by-the-sea in Great Britain. I never met him and i know no more information about my Grandfather apart from he was in the army. Hope somone can help me please.
   
   
Name: Alan Woodcraft
Location Surrey, U/K
Email: alanwoodcraft@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: Hi .My uncle was captured by the japs in singapore and sent to changi jail then set to work on death railway, but he kept everything that happened to him and others in a diary that he kept hidden from the japs it has everthing in it [names of other solgers and so on once i have copied it i will try to post it some place on the net so others can see it. kind regards  Alan.
   
   
Name: Don Jones
Location Kauntan Malaysia
Email: sue7153@live.co.uk
Comments: Hi  During the war my father DANNY JONES served in the Royal Navy. He was captured when Singapore fell and ended up on the Pekan Baru railroad as a POW. He would not talk about it but i do know he was camp tailor at one of the camps.Does anyone have any info. as to his history ?
   
   
Name: Melanie Talbot
Location South Africa
Email: meltalbot1@gmail.com
Comments: Hello can anyone tell me where i can obtain war records for POW -  or any other informatoin on my grandfather Jan Willem Onink was a pilot for the Dutch and was captured in Java - I have no further information on him thank you
   
   
Name: Bob Le Vaillant
Location East Kent
Email: bob@levaillantowen.com
Comments: I served on Labuan Island during Indonesian 'Confrontation' 1965/66. I am taking my family there at Easter (2013) and we will lay poppies at the War Cemetary. Please let us know if you want us to visit any particular grave, otherwise please know that the younger generation, ie my 3 teenagers, will be carrying your and my memories forward. We shall also visit Sandakan, Brunei & Kuching. Best wishes.
   
   
Name: lynne davis
Location long eaton nottingham
Email: lynne.davis@ymail.com
Comments: hi, my grandad Albert John Bosworth was in Suffolk Regiment in World War 2. im told he was a prisoner of war in Burmah but do not know the camp name and was lookjng for further details, he was a motorbike dispatcher first in the uk and later was captured in the Burmese jungle, id be grateful for any info, thanks
   
   
Name: Steve
Website: www.misiasty.pl
Comments: hi, my uncle charles albert simpson, died on the hell ship toyfuku maru it was bombed and fired on by allied forces, ive been trying to find out where he was before the japs shipped the prisoners out i know he worked on the railway but don't no where or what camp he was in. if anyone can help it would b great, ialso no that his memoral coloum is 110 in singapore and that he was only 25yrs of age when he died
   
   
Name: Jonathan A, A, Russell
Location Chandler, Arizona
Email: jaar1952@gmail.com
Comments: My father Alexander Auchinvole Russell moved to Malaya in 1937 and retired in 1967. Before WW2 he was a rubber planterand an engineer; Manager of Cicely Rubber Estates in Lower Perak, near Teluk Anson.  He joined up with other Scots planters / engineers and they became part of the Vultures. After crossing the Jahore Barru causway he and his friends were caught and were going to be beheaded as terrorists. Happily an officer with the 2nd Battalion of the Argylls new dad and he abd his friends appeared to join the British Army. They were in the first wave of the death march through Singapore, Malaya, Thailand and Burma ending up on the Kwai. Are there any of his friends out there. After he recovered at Glasgo Royal Infirmary (he was a Rhu lad) he started up the plantations and then we lived The emergency, we lived on an outlying plantation bungalow and it would appear, for some reason, the Moscow funded Maoist Chinese bandits put a price on his head. When killing rubber planters dindt make British, Australian Kiwi and Europeans run, the bandits changed target to kill off the wives and children. I know there are some members of the English Legal profession can justify filling action against HM The Queen and The CFO; after all there is honour in representing animals that gang raped women and children, evicerating them and have the father cook his wife's entrails over a fire. Who are the greater predetors on Britain and the Commonwealth (as was) The Japs, who have never acknowleged their gross attrocities ora minority of the barristers and solicitors who are bringing this action. My wish is that people of my generation who lived (a lot of wives and children did not) step forward and defend HM The Queen and the CFO. My father told me to stand against injustice and if so caled I will. There were many men and women who indured unspeakable attrocities and my heart goes out to them and we should never forget that for which they stood. Freedom 
   
   
Name: Annette Hinton
Location West Sussex uk
Email: annette.hinton@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: I am after any information about my grandad who was in changi prison during the war and was in the Royal Artillery his name was Harold (harry) George Spinner when i knew him as a child he was living on Hayling Island (uk) with his wife Eveline. If anyone recognises the name i would appreciate any information as i havnt been able to trace him through any websites so far. Thanks
   
   
Name: Julie mcqueeney
Location South Shields ,Tyne and wear .uk.
Email: Juliemcqueeney1@hotmail.com
Comments: I'm trying to find out which camp my granda john clark was in as a Japanese prisoner of war
   
   
Name: Jim
Location Uk
Email: James.white.32@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi not sure if I'm on the correct site,I've been looking for my granddads name in the archives but can't find any website that has ex-british pow's of changi prison. His name was Leslie gotts.
   
   
Name: Bill Bourke
Location New Zealand
Email: billbourke@xtra.co.nz
Comments: Portraits of Palembang Military POW’s 1942-45 My late Father, Lt. W.A Bourke RNZNVR, completed a number of portraits and caricatures of fellow internees while in the various POW camps in Palembang, Sumatra, including Mulo School, Cheung Hwa and Sungei Geron. These are part of a collection of some 150 -200 drawings, many of them cartoons commenting on camp life plus other miscellaneous sketches. Recent research with the assistance of another researcher, plus information from relatives of survivors has enabled me to put additional “names to faces”, as a number of the drawings were unnamed. Listed below are those for whom there are completed portraits (P), or caricatures (C), which I have been able to identify. If family relatives, or friends of family recognize those named and can pass on my contact details, I would be most happy to provide a copy of the original with my compliments:  Bartlett, F.G.  Capt.  Indian Army (C) Carey, H.R. Capt. A&SH (P) Chapman, R.P. Engr. Captain RN (C) Colqunoun, I.M. Capt. Ghurkas (P) Corcoran, J.P. Surg. Lt. RN (P) Eccles, G.  C.P.O.  RN  (C) Finlay, A.N. F/O RAF (P) Hawkins, R.  Lt. (S) RNVR (P) Howell, F.R.  S/LDR. RAF (P) Kemp, J.C.W.  Lt. MRNVR (P) Lang, W.E. Capt. RCOS (C) Lyons, G.  Lt. MRNVR (P) Peal, E.E.F.  Pay/Lt. RNVR (P) Patterson, C.G. Lt. (S) MRNVR (P) Ringer, M. Lt. Dogras (P) Reed, A.N.  C.P.O. RN (C & P) Stubbs, R.S.  Writer RN (P) Wood, W.  S.S.M RASC (P) Williams, J.E. Sub/Lt. RNR (P) Williams, J.  RM (P) Wills-Stanford, W.R. W/CDR RAF (C) Contact should be in the first instance to billbourke@xtra.co.nz
   
   
Name: Carol Harley
Location Cambridgeshire
Email: carolh42@btinternet.com
Comments: I am trying to find out about my grandmother's brother Ernest Edward Firmage. He was born in 1917 in Downham Market and served in the Norfolk Regiment. All I know is that he was captured by the Japanese and worked on the Burma Railway. He contracted malaria which he suffered from for the rest of his life. If anyone has any information they could share with me I would be most grateful.
   
   
Name: Jayne Cleveley
Location Madrid
Email: jaynecleveley@hotmail.com
Comments: My father was a Capt, in the Signals Capt. Norman Cleveley , he was acting as radio officer on the SSMata Hari, when she was captured by the JAPS and he was interened in Sumatra if anyone has any information I would be grateful 
   
   
Name: Anon
Location London
Email: senlachill1066@talktalk.net
Comments: We landed in liverpool,it was October,November time.I cant remember exactly. We was told,all those going north to one side,all those going south come over here. There was four  of us going south,two lads going to south London,one to Somerstown and me to east London. The train left Liverpool about 6 am.It took forever to get to London,we were diverted off into factories and sidings,I suppose the main lines were damaged at the time. Finally,about 11.30 at night,we arrived at Kings Cross.We didnt know what to do and the only worker we could find there wernt interested. Then this posh lady came along with her daughter and asked us who we were.We told her we was far east prisoners of war and she went off to make a phone call. When she got back,she said a car would be there shortly for us and off she went. Well a driver turned up from the Daily Express in Fleet Street and took us back to their offices,where we was given sandwiches and tea. In the morning we was put on the delivery lorries for the newspapers and the drivers were told to drop us off at home . I got my driver to leave me 200yrds away from the front door and i walked the rest of the way(a tear comes to his eyes and voice falters). Well my dad got a shock when he answered the door and me mother was in pieces.They had been told i was missing presumed dead. Mother died two years later,im sure it was from the shock of seeing me still alive. Anon Gunner.Still alive 2012 London.
   
   
Name: Tina
Location Cornwall
Email: tina@tina56.orangehome.co.uk
Comments: My grandad po arthur slater survived the sinking of HMS Repulse on 1o.12.1941 I am reserching him at the moment, and wanted to know it anyone knows what the survivours of hms repulse done after their rescue until their capture in feb 1942 .he was captured in palembang sumatra, but i believe he was also took to changi.
   
   
Name: Bert
Location London
Email: senlachill1066@talktalk.net
Comments: My comment was added on 7/10/2012,just so that you know that I am still marching.
   
   
Name: Bert
Location London
Email: senlachill1066@talktalk.net
Comments: I am a 96 year old Gunner of the Royal Artillery. I was in F force.We marched 187 miles in 10 days and i am still bloody marching now. If you have any questions ask my friend at his email address and i will try and answer them. God save the Queen.   Bert.
   
   
Name: Irene Kaiser
Location Grand Rapids, Michigan
Email: reneemagic@aol.com
Website: none
Comments: My name is Irene, I reside in Michigan. My father's name is Lodewijk Marinus Schlundt Bodien. He was born August 24, 1914 in Pekalongan, Java. My father was a Prisoner of the Japanese for 3 .5 years. He was captured in 1942. My father was a Sergeant Major for the KNIL Dutch Army under the command of Col. Drost. Through extensive research via Internet, I have researched documented and learned that my father was stationed in four different camps during the war. My father also worked on the Burma railway. Records indicate that after sustaining a severe injury to his leg, my father was sent to Nakhon Pathon, a hospital camp. Throughout my life, my father would share stories that seemed unbelievable. Stories of pain, torture and suffereing during WWII and how cruel the Japanese treated the many POW's. As a young child, these stories were very frightening and unimagineable. With tears in my father's eyes, I still recall the forms of torture my father experienced. The Japanese soldiers tied my father to a tree for days. They placed hot coals in his mouth and burned out his teeth. They lit cigarettes and burned his gums. His teeth rotted and fell out thereafter. My father was stabbed with a bayonet in his left thigh, leaving a deep 8" scar. This wound forced him to utilize crutches for over four years. As a young child, in the still of the night, I would hear my father quietly weep, still in pain from his inflicted leg wound. Or perhaps tears from the nightmares and trauma he received while experiencing flashbacks of war that he and his comrades endured. Another form of torture described by my father was repeated attempts to drown him by holding his head under water until he passed out. They would then jump on his stomach to revive him, only to inflict more pain. After the war and Bersiap period ended, both my parents left Indonesia with my siblings. They boarded the Johan Ode Barneveld Ship in 1951 to live in the Netherlands. On February 27, 1957 my father and mother and siblings boarded the Zuiderkruis ship to live a new life in the "Land of Opportunity", the United States of America in a small town known as Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was born in Michigan in the summer of 1957. After the war, my father played in several bands in the Netherlands. One band in particular was the "Black & White Swingers" band. While residing in the U.S. both my father and mother continued perform in various bands. My father had a beautiful voice and perfomed and sang Hawaaiin music. He played steel and acqoustic guitar. My Mother was a Hula Dancer. Their hearts truly never left Indonesia. His love of music and songs he sang of Indonesia truly exemplify this. My father passed away with stomach cancer in the summer of 1975. Through all the pain, suffereing and hardships my father endured during the war, I will always remember my father asking me to promise him that I would never hate anyone, no matter what ! My father forgave the Japanese for what they had done to him in a time and place when the world that was not a nice place to live in. I shall always remember, respect and honor this wish. On April 8, 1947 my father received the (OHK) Oorlogs Herinnerings Kruis . My father, a hero! If anyone knows or has any information about my father, please e-mail. Thank you very much.
   
   
Name: Karen Jones
Location France
Email: papillonbleu.16@live.fr
Comments: I have been complet ing my family geneolgy on my paternal line and recently discoved that my great uncle Jack was a prisoner of war in Japan for three years.  I have childhood memories of a big happy man, and according to my dad he never spoke of his experiences.  I dont know what camp he was in , I dont even know his regiment, but if anyone out there knew Jack Johnson from Birmingham I would like to know a little more of his life.  Thank you
   
   
Name: Brian Reynard
Location England
Email: brian.reynard@ntlworld.com
Comments: I have recently discoverd some personnal documents that my late Uncle, Norman Dean had. He was captured on the surrender of Singapore in Feb 1942, his records show that he was at camp hospitals where two very famous Australian Doctors (namely Lt Col Dunlop and Lt Col Coates) were camp leaders. I have the dates when he was at these camps and I am trying to identify there exact location. O have also come across some interesting items in relation to this period in his life, currency notes for Singapore overstamped with Japan and the Rising Sun, a list of the medicals conditions he suffered etc. Uncle Norman never spoke about the ward, I know he was an absolute skeleton when he was repatriated, and some of the documentation and other items (loin cloth and sandals) leave me in total awe of what these brave people endured.
   
   
Name: Gordon Weare
Location dunedin NZ
Email: gordonweare@hotmail.com
Website: -
Comments: I only knew Sgt Casey Hoyle, manchester rgt. caught twice escaped twice in malaya. caught on the causeway, changi, then the nasty railway, banpont to 3-pagodas pass. Out of some 470 in his bridge group, he was one of 4 to survive. He ended up being shipped to japan via vietnam, was in a pow camp near nagasaki. He killed on Jap guard by drowning him, others he said had their throats cut. getting rid of the rifle was the hardest bit. He remained with the army ending up in the Ordnance corps. a good man, eventually told me all I asked. a precious and unique individual for sure.
   
   
Name: Anthony Petch
Location Australia
Email: tonyanne3@bigpond.com
Comments: Would anyone know anything about my Grandfather. NX52439 Private Claude Anthony Gilligan, 2/20th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Gilligan, aged 34, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22nd May 1945. He was the son of James Gilligan and Maud Eliza Gilligan, of Coonamble, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 14. (Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves.)
   
   
Name: Cathy
Location Port Macquarie NSW
Email: cpully@bigpond.com
Comments: I have been researching the short life of my uncle Pte Bernard Murphy.  Barnie died on the Burma side of the railway and his remains were repatriated to the Thanbyuzayat cemetery.  I am really hoping to be able to find exactly where he actually died and was originally buried.   I would be happy to hear from anyone who can provide information on Barnie's life/war experiences and/or how to find his original burial place. 
   
   
Name: Barbara Pittendrigh
Location Nambucca Heads
Email: bubbles91041@hotmail.com
Comments: My father was in the RAAF and often stayed with the Borthwicks on leave.
   
   
Name: Barbara Pittendrigh
Location Nambucca Heads
Email: bubbles91041@hotmail.com
Comments: I have a letter written by my father to his mother on 16/9/45 mentioning a good friend of his Colin Borthwick who was a prisoner working on the Burma Railway, it is a historical letter giving details of their treatment, food, and other things and naming a mongrel Lt. Col but name is hard to understand who was the most hated man in the war, the Japs were kinder. It looks like Ksewey but I cannot find it online. Any help as I would like to find out more. Thanks
   
   
Name: H palmer
Email: Nigel.palmer@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: Does anyone know my late grandfather 4535642  he was in burma.    And worked in the hospital . All his life he hated any thing to do with the japanese 
   
   
Name: Sandra Davies
Location North Wales, UK
Email: sanbed@talktalk.net
Comments: My late father Driver John Owen Jones of The Royal Army Service Corps Number T/121114 was serving in Malaya from November 1941 to Janaury 1943 he was then captured by the Japanese in February 1943 details surrounding this are sparse, but he appears to have gone missing in Netherlands, East Indies, his date of release is not known, but he arrived back in the UK 11th October 1945 to the port of Liverpool, my ninety year old mother thinks the ship was named "Tegleburg" (not sure if spelling is correct). She seems to think he was held in more than one prison and I would be interested to know whether anyone would be able to assist me with any information however small. My father died in 1952 when I was five as a result of his treatment by the Japanese, and I remember very little about him, except my mother told me he had a wonderful singing voice and would sometimes sing "Myfanwy." I must have inherited a little of him because I too love to sing.
   
   
Name: Rebecca Nelson-Enes
Location United Kingdom
Email: rebecca.nelson@sky.com
Comments: I am looking for anyone that may have known my grandfather, William McNeill who was captured during the fall of Singapore.  He was in Changi and worked on the railway.
   
   
Name: L. Cox
Location Dorset
Email: Lucinda.e.m@gmail.com
Comments: Which  Merchant Navy ships were captured? REG COX was a POW of Japanese, but I don't know from which ship he was captured.
   
   
Name: Keith Bettany
Location Australia
Email: keithbettany@internode.on.net
Website: www.changipowart.com
Comments: Dad was with the Lancashire TA, Royal Artillary in Europe and then Malaya and then various POW camps. He painted to keep his sanity, so they are not depressing and we have scanned over 300 images he painted on to a website www.changipowart.com This may show a bit of an insite into POW life. Please let your family and friends know of the site as we feel the artwork is quite significant.
   
   
Name: peter donoghue
Location nambucca
Email: candpgandk@gmail.com
Comments: i would like to find out all about my wife uncle tom lee who was intered in changi prison, please help
   
   
Name: maxine green
Location london
Email: nannymaxgreen@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: hi, my uncle charles albert simpson, died on the hell ship toyfuku maru it was bombed and fired on by allied forces, ive been trying to find out where he was before the japs shipped the prisoners out i know he worked on the railway but don't no where or what camp he was in. if anyone can help it would b great, ialso no that his memoral coloum is 110 in singapore and that he was only 25yrs of age when he died
   
   
Name: John Conley
Location Perth West Australia
Email: johnconley71@gmail.com
Comments: My father Signalman John Conley service number 3129355 (nickname Bing) was captured at Padang Sumatra on March 17th 1942 and died in Changi July 7th 1944 and is buried at Kranji War Cemetery.I am quite fortunate as I am able to visit Kranji twice a year,if anybody requires a photo of a grave there I will gladly try and oblige. I would be grateful for any information regarding my father
   
   
Name: Tracey Dillon
Location Central Coast NSW Aust
Email: tracey.dillon@pacific.net.au
Comments: I have been reading your web site (and watching it!) with the greatest of interest, respect and emotion. I am currently wriitng up an "oral history" about my father's reminiscences of WWII, like many former POWs he was very reluctant to talk about his experiences. Dad was a Signaller (8th Div) and whilst captured in Singapore he became part of 'C" Force ending up in Noetsu, Japan. Not being part of the main 2/20th Battalion (at Noetsu) his name is sometimes omitted from books so I wanted his story remembered as well. I am also, in line with your sites focus, trying to get him to video his memories of "Sandy" Barrett - the Medical Officer at the camp for whom he has the greatest respect. Thank you for your work, I think the site is terribly sad but rather wonderful and unique, even you Guest Book makes me cry.
   
   
Name: connie armitage
Location spennymoor county durham
Email: connieseymour@btinternet.com
Comments: my father was william (bill) seymour and was a corporal. He was in changi jail then moved to build the burma railway . I dont know much more as he would never talk about it. He had a lot of scars on his head which he said he received from the guards whilst working on the railway. God bless every one of them, dead or alive. sadly he passed away at the age of 74 in 1990. regards connie armitage.
   
   
Name: tina
Location dundee
Comments: Im looking for a newspaper headline of ex pow eckle streatchy reguarding a soldier returning home to dundee scotland after prosumably being dead during the prisoner of war on the burma railway bridge
   
   
Name: T burdis
Location Thailand
Email: burdis@gmail.com
Comments: i was greatly moved by the sacrifice made by the brave men who built the railway .. RIP inc all the forgotten Asian people for whom there are no grave stones
   
   
Name: Ray Hoelscher
Location Sunshine Coast Qld. Aust
Email: thoelsch@bigpond.net.au
Comments: I would appreciate any feedback on the A.I.F. 2/26 Battalion. My Uncle Athol Hoelscher was a member of that battalion and became a POW. I have been advised by Canberra that he died of an illness and buried at Thynbylat cemetary. My parents told me certain things about Athols service and eventual demise, but I have been unable to confirm. Any information to my email would be appreciated. I intend visiting the war graves in Myanmar in the near future.
   
   
Name: Janey
Location Colorado
Email: janey_nickel@msn.com
Comments: My Great Aunt Jenny and Uncle Eric Geddes were civilian prisoners of war in Manilla. Any information you might have would be greatly apreciated. No one talked about their interment when I was a child so I know very little about what they went through. I believe my Uncle worked for Sun Life Insurance Co. and was from Great Britain. My Aunt was from Colton, Calif and was the daughter of Fred and Matilda Snider.
   
   
Name: Sherilynn
Location New South Wales, Australia
Email: sheko62@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I'm am looking for any information on my Uncle Billy. Signalman Clifford William James Cheshire age 21 NX46216 AIF. Signals 8 Division 2/20 Battalion Died 28 February 1942 off the coast of Java. Anything at all would be most welcome
   
   
Name: jo boosey
Location essex uk
Email: sacredspirit1@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: hi im looking for any information on my grandfather EDWARD JAMES PRESTON, he was a japanese prisoner of war and worked on the burma railway, as far as i know he escaped the day winston churchill and franklin roosevelt set sail together and he over heard a conversation between the two of them that made him jump ship and desserted with a friend i have his army number which was 5472470 but dont know what it stands for what regiment or anything else i would be so very greatful if someone could give me any information no matter how small many thanks jo
   
   
Name: Stephen Pullar
Location Dundee, Scotland
Email: srpullar@googlemail.com
Comments: I would like to know more about the imprisonment of my Great Grandfather William Pullar, who served with the Royal Signals Corps and was captured and held as a POW by the Japanese sometime in 1942. He survived and returned to Britain after the war but never spoke of it at all. He died 20 years ago now, so we don't know anything about it all. I wonder if anyone can help? or even point me in the direction of who to contact? thanks
   
   
Name: Janis Gordon(Nee Schuberth)
Location Brisbane Australia
Email: gordon_tony@bigpond.com
Comments: My journey has spanded over 20 years, so find out more about my Grandfather " Pte William Forbes Schuberth" NX 2567 2/30th Battalion A Force, who was shot attempting escape from a camp near Mergui Burma in July 1942, he was 35yrs old whilst working on the aerodrome in Mergui, I have recently returned from a trip there and thought I would be happy to get that close to where he would have worked, but the thirst of interest still chews at me and I now want to get more info of what the camp name or village was where he worked closely and eventually met his fate. I went to a village (Bauchow) along side of the airforce base, but not sure if this was the village or not. One day I will return there when I have found the village name or camp he lived at, If anyone can help me, plse contact me and I would be greatful for any info or people who he might have worked with at the time. Kind Regards Janis Gordon (nee Schuberth)
   
   
Name: Margaret McQuillen
Location Victoria
Email: mmc30@aussiebb.com.au
Comments: I would love to hear from anyone who might have known my dad VX17884 Frank (Bluey) Phillips who was a prisoner of war and I believe Changi. He didn't speak much about his time abroard, and it saddens me that I really know nothing of what he and his mates went through.
   
   
Name: Pauline
Location Canberra, Australia
Email: rhyddid52@gmail.com
Comments: Anyone know where I can find information about my Great Uncle - QX9887 Arthur Harold James Weeks, 2/26th BTN and a member of "F"Force. Any info kindly appreciated.
   
   
Name: John Kelly
Location Wirral, UK
Email: kelltheblue@aol.com
Comments: Good Evening, Re: Sjt. Francis Joseph Kelly Executed in 1943, Fusilier Timothy Kenneally Executed in 1943, Sjt. Edward Reay Executed in 1943 and Private Patrick Fitzgerald Shot while escaping from village they were hiding in 08.03.1943. I have been researching the executions/murder of my Uncle and his three co escapees. I have just returned from a visit to my Uncles Grave in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Thailand.What it was - my wife Sue was at a Conference in Hua Hin - we arrived on Sunday 11th March and had to return the evening of Thursday 15th. It was too good an opportunity to miss to visit my Uncles grave, so I tagged along - we only had time for a fleeting visit to the Cemetery before we had to get back to the Airport at Bangkok for our flight home. My father, Staff Sjt. J.P.Kelly - who was a career soldier himself and served in Africa and Europe through the war always planned to visit his brothers grave when he and Mum retired but never got the chance and he died suddenly in 1978 aged 62. He tried to do his own research after the war but in those days it was a very slow process but I believe certain diaries/paperwork he managed to recover are now held by the Imperial War Museum in London. I always told him that I would go and visit his brothers which I have now done - so I know he and Mum would have been made up with that. Franks (Francis) daughter managed to visit his grave with her husband but Franks two sons didn't manage to get there - they have all passed away now - but he still has grandchildren, great grandchildren and just last year has his first great, great grandchildren. If I had been a bit more savvy I would have done far more research before I got to Thailand and planned my visit in a bit more detail but I suppose I had it in my mind that to visit the grave was the main objective. I should have visited the execution site which, from the print out supplied at the Death Railway Museum in Kanchanaburi, I now know to be at Khao Pun Execution Site - something I didn't know before - I had no idea how close to the cemetery the museum is. The bodies were exhumed from Khao Pun and re interred at Kanchanaburi in 1956. I really didn't know about the museum until I was at the cemetery and saw it over the hedge. Arthur Lane an ex FEPOW and author has sent me one of his books which outlines the details of him witnessing the executions so there is a bit of detail there but I am sure there is a lot more. I would be very interested to see any further information you have on the events of those sad days for my uncle and his mates - Arthur referred to them as the "four rebels" - presumably something to do with them all having Irish surnames? I would like to let the families of Kenneally, Fitzgerald, and Reay that I have visited their graves on they are in immaculate condition although the dates on the headstones conflict with some of the information I have gathered. (if you want to let anyone who has an interest in this incident or are relative of these men my email address is here and that is fine) By all accounts the four were hiding in a Thai village but were sold out to the Japanese - the first time the Japs entered the village the four ran away - it was at this time that Private Fitzgerald was shot dead on 8th March 1943. The others still believing the village to be a safe haven returned to it only to be sold out again and were recaptured - some accounts say they gave themselves up. What is not in doubt is that they were badly beaten before execution by firing squad - consisting of some 32 men and murdered/executed at Khao Pun - the dates are not clear as the headstones say the 23rd of March 1943 but a lot of accounts say the executions took place on 27th March 1943.(anniversary tomorrow) I have also found out that Major General Makoto Sasa was executed at the Singapore War trials for giving the go ahead, without a court martial or trial for these four brave men. The museum at Kanchanaburi has a lot of documentation and eye witness accounts. As an aside - While I was in the cemetery I met a wonderful Dutch couple who noticed the four flower posies made of purple orchids I was carrying that I had bought from the museum (they really were nice) and they asked if they could return to the graveside with me.(I had already put a rose on each grave) Turns out this man as an 8 year old had been a prisoner, along with his Mum, of the Japanese and witnessed the most terrible atrocities.He asked if he could say a prayer which of course I agreed - it was probably the most moving moment of my life when we stood there by the graves praying and all of us were crying.I will never forget him and his wife - I just wish I had asked for his contact details. Memories are made of moments like this! Anyway - hope this is of interest to you, Kind Regards, John Kelly
   
   
Name: Matthew
Location London, England
Email: matthew.cady@orielsecurities.com
Comments: Looking for any information regarding my uncle, Jack Cady, who was with the Suffolk Regiment, and was a prisoner of war in CHhngi, with "F Force". Died on the railway, 12 Aug 1943.
   
   
Name: maree
Location dunkeld
Comments: Looking for information on Private Harry Rowbottom VX 455113 of 2nd 29th Battalion "A" Company and was a prisoner held in changi. He died in March 1972
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Website: http://www.malayanvolunteersgroup.org.uk/
Comments: Hello, Phil   I saw your enquiry on Peter's website but your given e mail address not working for me. If you key in his full  name on the London Gazette website search you will find two entries: his service number was 115567 and until January 1940 he was a Regimental  Sgt Major in the Royal Corps of Signals. In January 1940 he received at  Emergency Commission as Lieutenant [Quartermaster]. RSM then to Major suggests he was a very good, professional soldier. If you want any advice on POW documents [they are mostly at UK National  Archives, Kew] get back to me.
   
   
Name: philip harrison
Location newcastle upon tyne
Email: philharrison58@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: can any one help with any information about my father major bertram james thomas harrison captured singapore 1942 i have not got a serial no which is a major set back 
   
   
Name: Rachel
Location Lancashire england
Email: rachelratner@live.co.uk
Comments: Looking for anyone who has heard of Sgt Robert J Webster 13017 died in 1943 on the Burma railway reg was SSVF Englishman married to florence. I believe he may be a close relative of mine and would really like to know anything relating to him. Thanks.
   
   
Name: Lawrence Finn
Location Sydney Australia
Email: lawrence@vurtmedia.com
Website: http://www.shottheclock.blogspot.com
Comments: I'm looking for any accounts of the 2/12 RAE and its actions in Singapore and Malaya. My Great Uncle Lovell Glendower Tresham NX52907 was captured there and eventually sorted into A Force, (worked the Burma Railway) , survived that, then transported to Japan on the Ryuko Maru and lost at sea when that was torpedoed by American Subs. I've read the excellent "Heroes at Sea" by Don Wall and I've pulled his attestation records from the War memorial in Canberra but now I want to find any personal accounts of him and or the 2/12 RAE and what they did in Malaya and Singapore. Regards Lawrence
   
   
Name: Will Moore
Location Squamish, BC
Email: ashwrth@gmail.com
Comments: If anyones has information about my grandfather, who is also named William Moore, I'd appreciate it. All I know is that he was captured at Hong Kong, that he survived, but died in the 60's.
   
   
Name: beth williams
Location wales
Email: b.williams543@ntlworld.com
Comments: would dearly like to hear from anyone regarding my grandfather - GORDON THOMAS GARFIELD WILLIAMS- I know he passed away in Changhi and was a deeply religious man who would have probably been involved with the church there. He was from Crwys road in Cathays , Cardiff, had a wife Edna and two children.
   
   
Name: Margaret
Location UK
Email: margaretjarrett@hotmail.com
Comments: My Dad died when I was 10 and I really don't know anything much about him. I do know that he was a prisoner and worked on the railway. His name was Frank Robert Allibone. I would be grateful if anyone has any info. Thanks for the opportunity to ask.
   
   
Name: Rose Corney
Location Tasmania
Email: corneygr@bigpond.net.au
Comments: ANy info on my Uncle - Lawrence Trevor Ling - called Trevor. He never returned to Tassie. He apparently drowned whilst being taken to JApan. The POW ship was sunk by an American sub.
   
   
Name: Caroline
Location USA Southern California
Email: Carazins@hotmail.com
Comments: My opa Albert Wacquier was a POW in Dutch East Indies  Happy to learn any information
   
   
Name: Julie Peters
Location United Kingdom
Email: tulip.peters@ntlworld.com
Comments: I'm trying to find out any information about my Dad Wilfred Leicester who was a prisoner of war in Changi. I don't really know where to start to be honest.
   
   
Name: Peter Morris
Location Sydney
Email: morrisfm@iimetro.com.au
Comments: Interested in any information about my father Lieutenant John Morris TX6015, 8 Supply Personnel. Australian Imperial Forces, became POW at fall of Singapore. Particularly interested in which POW camps he may have been interred in.
   
   
Name: gloria
Location sydney
Email: peter.velleley@bigpond.com
Comments: Appreciate information on Pte. Thomas Hubert VELLELY service number VX23369 who was a POW and died in Thailand.Buried at Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.Son of Thomas Hubert & Catherine Ada VELLELY.His profession prior to War was a Baker.National Archives has not digitized his records as yet,Above information obtained through Australian War Memorial,World War 2 Nominal Roll& Commonwealth War Graves Commission.Would like to know which camp he was at in Thailand.Roll of Honour states cause of of death 'illness', presume Cholera -which was rife during 1943, the date he died was 2nd August 1943.
   
   
Name: Ian McKenzie
Location Edinburgh
Email: igmck@hotmail.com
Comments: Iam interested to find information regarding my late uncle Andrew Swanson
   
   
Name: Tim Clark
Location Nottingham, UK
Email: ahydtc@nottingham.ac.uk
Comments: I'm a current 3rd year History undergraduate at the University of Nottingham in England researching for my dissertation on Allied Prisoners of War under the Japanese and their memories and how their experiences differed. Although memoirs and diaries etc are a fantastic source for me to use, nothing is better than speaking in person to POWs. I was thus wondering if anyone could help put me in touch with any?Thanks Tim
   
   
Name: susan campbell
Location sussex
Website: suecamb@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: I am looking for information about my Husbands Aunt Kathleen Mary Jenkins who was a nurse with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Nursing Service and was a Prisoner of War in Japanese camp
   
   
Name: Michael Pyne
Location Australia Sydney
Comments: Can anyone give me the number of UK soldiers captured by the Japanese in WW2 (not including commonwealth/empire forces - just UK based forces) and the number of these who died at the hands of the Japanese?
   
   
Name: Chris Cooke
Location Devon England
Email: cookesinuk@aol.com
Comments: Looking for any information on any of the following men who all served with my grandfather, Sergeant Fred Cooke, in the 1st Battalion,Manchester Regiment in Singapore, 1942 when tey were captured and were POW at Changi prison. The men are Stanley Dawson, James(Jimmy ) Coogan, Peter Derbyshire, Joseph Reilly,William Dow. Any information would be greatly appreciated as my Dad and I are trying to compile his memoirs. My Dad was evacuated with his Mom from Singapore on 30 january 1942 on the "Duchess of Bedford"
   
   
Name: jon
Location liverpool
Email: jonhharrison@aol.com
Comments: hi am looking for information on my grandad he was a british POW in changi his full name was francis joseph roche he was in the merchant navy i think?he was only 17 when he was took to the camp he surivied the camp and set up a life in liverpool as as butcher,my mum lost contact with him when he left my nan he was born 1923 in liverpool i think march 27th,would really love some info on him.
   
   
Name: patricia jacobs
Location san diego ca. usa
Email: Jake2pat@yahoo.com
Comments: Seeking info about the family of WWll POW, Robert MacColl, who died after liberation from Burma.
   
   
Name: Ralph Adison
Location Toowoomba Australia
Email: june.ralph@bigpond.com
Comments: My Da was a POW in Changi he was a Argyle and Southern Highlander Ihave very little information on his time as a POW or militery career or Family.Can anyone fill afew gaps for me
   
   
Name: Carl Mullinder
Location Powys
Email: carlmullinder@sky.com
Comments: I'm trying to find where i can get a photo of my fatrher when he was in the KSLI WW11. he joined up on 18-04-1940. he was a gunner, then he was a bombadeir. he was caputred on the by the Japs on 1-2-43 and releasted 8-10-45. His name was Thomas Henery Mullinder and live in okengates shropshire, if someone can help me in any way i would be very greatfull. you can e-mail me on carlmullinder@sky.com or call me on 01686623599 any pics or further inforantoin wher i can find some pics would be nice. Thanks for reading.
   
   
Name: Lawrence Finn
Location Sydney Australia
Email: lawrence.finn@gmail.com
Comments: Hi I've been researching my Great Uncle Lovell Glendower Tresham. He joined the 2/12 RAE and was shipped to Singapore where he was captured (along with most everyone else) in the Fall of Singapore in 1942. He was sent to the Thai end of the Burma Railway which he survived, marched back to Singapore and put on the Rakuyo Maru and torpedoed by an american submarine pack. He did not survive. If anyone reading this has any information on him (I have his service records, marriage certificate) or any information on what the 2/12 RAE did in Singapore and Malaya at that time I would welcome your correspondence. I am preparing a small book on him titled "The Forgotten Dead"...
   
   
Name: Emma
Location Norwich, Norfolk
Email: eleveridge@btinternet.com
Comments: I am looking for anyone who has any recollection of my Grandad,  Alfred Charles Cutting, he was a POW on the railway and was shot at close range and the bullet skimmed the top of his head he was scarred for life, lucky it wsn't any lower, any info gratefully received 
   
   
Name: Michele
Location Brisbane
Email: michelenjeff@hotmail.com
Comments: I am trying to find information & pictures about my grandfather who has passed away. He was a pow in changi prison during ww11. If anyone can help me with any information it would be a great help. His name is William Leslie Bede McAuley
   
   
Name: Michele
Location Brisbane
Email: michelenjeff@hotmail.com
Comments: I am trying to find information & pictures about my grandfather who has passed away. He was a pow in changi prison during ww11. If anyone can help me with any information it would be a great help.
   
   
Name: natasha
Location thailand
Comments: I found this video when trying to research the history of the Bridge over the river Kwai..... http://youtu.be/jXheYSQ1r-c
   
   
Name: Denise fleming
Location Liverpool, United Kingdom
Email: denisefleming333@gmail.com
Comments: My Wonderful Grandad Ernest Smith from Bootle, Liverpool was a prisioner of war. But sadly thats all i know as he never spoke about it. If anyone knew him i would love to hear from you..
   
   
Name: Keith Bettany
Location Adelaide
Email: keithbettany@internode.on.net
Website: www.changipowart.com
Comments: A new website dedicated to Des Bettany who served during WWII and was imprisoned at Changi. This artwork of his service life before and after the Capitulation of Singapore is a range of fascinating illustrations, done sometimes with humour. This new website has been put together by Des’ family as a tribute and to help raise awareness of what the POWs went through, as seen through the eyes of one man, Des Bettany. The site can be found at www.changipowart.com Remember the 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore is on February 15th 2012.
   
   
Name: Julia Brown
Location Devon
Email: juliapiercybrown@hotmail.com
Comments: My father John Brown was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and was captured in Singapore. Prior to that her had served in India. After capture he was put to work on the Burma railway and then sent to Japan on the ?? Maru and put to work there. He was liberated by the USA and taken to San Francisco before returning home. He did not talk much about his dredful experiences and I know nothing at all regarding names of camps or where exactly he ended us in Japan. I would like to start researching him but dont know where to begin. With such a common name John Brown and no army number to go on could you please advise me where to start. Any advice would be greatfully received.
   
   
Name: Johanne G
Location Perth, Western Australia
Email: Johanne@iinet.net.au
Comments: I stumbled upon this site while following the steps of my uncle Jack, who at age 16 joined up (using a fake birth certificate), and was taken prisoner of war at Java. Some of the stories seem very familiar to those told to me by my grandparents. Uncle Jack was in the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion. He left for indonesia aboard a ship from Fremantle Port, and alas they forgot to put the weapons on board, the poor guys didn't stand a chance.
   
   
Name: Jon Cooper
Location Singapore
Email: jonalicooper@googlemail.com
Comments: I have just sat and watched the video interviews from many of the ex POWs and they are fascinating. Many thanks for your hard work and dilligence in this research. I am particularly intrested in finding out more about the Adam Park camp mentioned in a number of your interviews. We have been working hard on the archaeology on site for the last three years and we have identified the camp hospital and the accomodation for the 2/10 medics which ran the place. The doctors known to have served here were led by Hugh Rayson. His team included Bon Rogers, Alan Hazelton, Phil Millard, Dick Parker, Roy Mills, Jock Frew, and Captains Butterfiled and Churchill from the British Battalion. They lived in the surgery at 19 Adam Park that still stands today. I am hoping some of the lads who were at Adam Park may recall the location of the chapel run by Capt Andrews. Don Dowie's interview was particularly interesting. Don I believe led an escape attempt from Adam Park which entailed stealing a plane from Tengah airfield. I hope you have more info on the Adam Park camp from your research and I look forward to hearing from you.
   
   
Name: Jan Pascoe
Location Oak Flats NSW
Email: jpjp@ihug.com.au
Comments: I speak to groups of people about Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop. During my research I located Blue Butterworth, who spoke very kindly of Ewan Corlett who he must have come across in one of the camps. Dear Blue Passed away on 16 December, 2011. A very dear friend to me whose memory of those years was still clear in his mind. He was 91. I have also been in touch with Jack Chalker in England who has published several books of his sketches and stories whilst imprisoned by the Japanese. He is now 93 and recently suffered a stroke. Bill griffiths. also in England and who was blind and handless from a bomb blast, is also alive. Thanks to Weary defending him when the Japanese Captain wanted to put a bayonet through him because he was so badly injured. After Weary defended him and saved him from death, he then operated on him and surely saved his life again. On return to England he married to grand had a family. I have been speaking about Wearyoups for four years now and never tire of telling people of his bravery and in doing so keep his name alive.
   
   
Name: Anthony Petch
Location Gilgandra NSW
Email: tonyanne3@bigpond.com
Comments: Would anyone know anything about my Grandfather. NX52439 Private Claude Anthony Gilligan, 2/20th Battalion, Australian Infantry. He was one of over 2000 Allied prisoners of war (POW) held in the Sandakan POW camp in north Borneo, having been transferred there from Singapore as a part of E Force. The 500 Australian and 500 British POW's who made up E Force, left Changi on 28 March 1943, on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island (adjacent to Sandakan Harbour) on 15 April 1943. The POW's were held there until 5 June, when they were taken by barge to Sandakan. The next day they were transferred to the 8 Mile Camp, which was about half a mile from the B Force compound. Private Gilligan, aged 34, died as a prisoner of the Japanese on 22nd May 1945. He was the son of James Gilligan and Maud Eliza Gilligan, of Coonamble, NSW. He is commemorated on the Labuan Memorial Panel 14. (Photograph copied from AWM232, items 4 and 5. Personal information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Database.)
   
   
Name: Gary Lewis
Location Beckenham uk
Email: Gary.lewis@a1plc.co.uk
Comments: I looking for any survivors that knew my Uncle Harry Lewis of the royal engineers joined TA prior to outbreak of War was in Changi , & Burma Thailand railway .  He was badly tortured by Japanese and friends bayoneted to death . He had sneaked out of camp and barted with local village people  caught and severely tortured  He had nightmares for rest of his life . He died prematurely after the war like many of his comrades . The thing that really gets me is that the Japanese unlike the Germans have never apologised or publicly admitted their guilt 
   
   
Name: jim morse
Location northumberland
Email: jmorse20@gmail.com
Comments: I would just like to mention mr walter howett known as eddie now 93yrs old who now resides in heatherdale rest home northumberlan. He served in the norfolk regiment and was captured in singapore 1942 and forced to work on the burma railway and the river kwai bridge...thank you for this website commerating the forgotton soldiers.
   
   
Name: Frank Gaunt
Location Brazil
Email: frankgaunt@yahoo.com
Comments: My father George Gaunt was a civilian POW in Singapore WWII; would like any info please - am lacking details...he returned to Australia and died in 1976
   
   
Name: Bruce Mckenzie
Location Swan Hill Aust
Email: bruce.jennie@Hotmail.com
Website: bruce.jennie@hotmail.com
Comments: I like so many others will never forget the pain and suffering these POWS went through. My father Keith McKenzie, Gunner, 4th Anti Tank, 8th Division AIF somehow survived the torture. He fort in Malaya and Singapore and was taken prisoner sent to Changi then shipped to Tovoy Burma where he worked on roads. He was in A Force arriving days after the fall of Burma on 20th May 1942. He was at Thanbyuayzat camp at the start of the railway 23rd Sept and spent time in Kandaw,Thetkaw, Meiloe, Aungganaung and Nikki camps before being taken to Tamacan camp by stretcher when the line was completed 21st Nov 1943. Tamakan camp was about 300mts from the bridge over the river kwai. On 27th June 1944 he was taken by train to Singapore to work on Jeep Island Dock then on the 6th Sep Loaded on the Byoki Maru sent to Japan Where he dug coal, camp 24 Nakumo Coal Mine - Kyushi -Fukuoka until the war ended. He kept a small diary and entered dates and camps in it thus we have pieced his movement together. When Nagasaki was bombed he was close enough to see it . He passed away in 1982 living his after war years working the family dairy farm. He like so many could not talk much of the horrors of his time but he had a great dry sense of humor. We are certain it helped.
   
   
Name: Malcolm Smart
Location UK
Email: malcsmart@me.com
Comments: My father, Clifford George Smart was a Japanese POW who was rehabilitated to Australia before his return to the UK. He was sent to Fairy Meadow Farm at Woollongong NSW. The family name was Cooke and the daughters were named Clare and Martina. I would love to thank the family. Does anyone know this family ?
   
   
Name: Anthony Petch
Location Gilgandra NSW
Email: tonyanne3@bigpond.com
Comments: I would like any information on my grandfather Claude Anthony Gilligan killed Sandakan as a POW
   
   
Name: Anthony Petch
Location Gilgandra NSW
Email: tonyanne3@bigpond.com
Comments: I would like any information on my grandfather Caude Anthony Gilligan killed Sandakan as a POW
   
   
Name: Bill Bederaux-Cayne
Location Melbourne Australia
Email: bkcayne@gmail.com
Comments: My father, Michael Franklin Bederaux-Cayne born in Ireland and flew for Britain. His plane was shot down and sent to a prisoner of war camp, maybe Sham Shui Po. He mentioned that name. He was sent to Darwin for rehabilitation and reconstructive surgery to his right cheek and mouth. After the war he was a mess and involved in a car accident in England in which a woman was killed. We have been led to understand he changed his name when he emmigrated to the USA. He was stopped in Canada waiting for his money to catch up with him. He ended up staying in Canada. He took trips by himself over the years from an account he had in England that money was paid into. After my mother died he said he'd been married in England before the war and had two sons. She agreed to a divorce with the agreement he would never see his sons there again. We are trying to piece together the truth now that he is in a nursing home and no longer functioning much. We have been told many things over the years that haven't stood up to research, part of the problem is we don't know his real name. Any ideas on how me and my siblings can proceed?
   
   
Name: Claire Wilson
Location Changi Concentration Camp
Email: claire.aynsley14@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi, I'm trying to look up my Great-great Uncle, Sidney Graham Wilson. He was a POW at Changi, and I'd like to find any records there are of him? Thankyou.
   
   
Name: Madelaine Woods
Location Corio. Victoria. Australia
Email: bmwoods@westnet.com.au
Comments: I am trying to locate my father's war records as proof he was a POW on the island of Celebus in Mekasser in 1942. He was in the Royal Dutch Navy and was on the ship 'Java' whereby he was captured by the Japanese and held prisoner for three and a half years. His name is Erich Van Weynen. His Navy Serial No. is 15213. If anyone could give me any information or point me in the right direction, it would be most appreciated. Thankyou.
   
   
Name: garco
Location Stuttgart
Email: webmaster@gari-gold.de
Website: http://www.gari-gold.de
Comments: Hi, just looked through your site and want to left some greetings. Nice page & good luck.
   
   
Name: Dick Buck
Location Seboeis Lake, ME
Email: photo12965@hotmail.com
Comments: Great site, very interesting.
   
   
Name: Charles Spiteri
Location Malta
Email: cspit@maltanet.net
Comments: Does Anyone remember my Father Joseph Spiteri a Maltese That Was a Prisoner of War In Kobe.On His Chest He had a tatoo of Jesus 's Cruscifiction
   
   
Name: major jitendra
Location atlanta
Email: reliablecanada@gmail.com
Comments: I have few paintings from Japanese POWs,second world war.These paintings were presented to my grandfather.These are signed by them.I cant figure out names because its in Japanese.I will scan and post it here.Another thing is about 400 Japanese were captured by his units and were brought here.I can try and at least find out there names though old military records
   
   
Name: janet davision
Location tewantin
Email: wherrett_@hotmail.com
Website: wherrett_@hotmail.com
Comments: hi i'm looking for any information on ronald scott davision POW?
   
   
Name: ALAN HAMMOND
Location YORKSHIRE UK
Email: ahmmnd9@aol.com
Comments: Trying to find any information about my Grandfather William (Bill) Bettison 85 rgmnt RA .Recorded as being lost at sea following sinking of Rakuyo Maru. But there are conflicting reports within the family that he survived and was taken to a hospital possibly in thailand? any help would appreciated
   
   
Name: Keith Bettany
Location Adelaide, Australia
Email: keithbettany@internode.on.net
Website: www.changipowart.com
Comments: New web site of images dad painted as a POW in Changi: www.changipowart.com We are seeking comments as we are not sure of many of the images and would like some insight from those who may know.
   
   
Name: Edward Marks
Location Tiverton, Devon
Email: edrusmarks@aol.com
Comments: I am seeking any information regarding HARRY CLUES of The Cambridgeshire Regiment.   A PoW in Malaya, his wife was told of his demise, she did not believe that and did not give up hope of seeing her husband again.   Some two years later he appeared, alive but like a skeleton, so thin.    Does his name mean anything to anyone as I have not found him listed anywhere?
   
   
Name: Stephen van Coppenhagen
Location Ireland
Email: s.vancoppenhagan@option.com
Comments: My aunt Sheila (Mary Sheila Kathleen Josephine) Early, Nursing Sister, Colonial Service was interned in Sime Road, Changi Women’s Prison, Internment Camp 1, Shanghai. I have her letter sent to her sister narrating the conditions in the camp, her friends and hardships experiences. The letter was brought back to Ireland by Sister Bridget Doherty. 6th September 1945.
   
   
Name: Hilde Doherty
Location Connecticut, USA
Email: hdoherty@optonline.net
Comments: My uncle, Hylke Hoogeveen was in the Dutch Army and a prisoner of war of the Japanese. I believe that he was a part of the forced labor group that build the Burma Roadway. Can anyone give me more information about this wonderful man, who survived the war, but did not speak much about it?
   
   
Name: Hilde Doherty
Location Connecticut, USA
Email: hdoherty@optonline.net
Comments: My uncle, Hylke Hoogeveen was in the Dutch Army and a prisoner of war of the Japanese. I believe that he was a part of the forced labor group that build the Burma Roadway. Can anyone give me more information about this wonderful man, who survived the war, but did not speak much about it?
   
   
Name: Lawson Glasby
Location Worksop, Nottinghamshire
Email: sonofthelaw@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: My great uncle, Private Lawrence Taylor of the 55th Infantry Brigade and the 1st/5th The Sherwood Foresters commanded by Lieut. Col. Harold Lilly was a prisoner of war. He threw his medals into the ocean on the boat ride home with disgust. I'm extremely interested in his experiences or any information that could be provided.
   
   
Name: Julie
Location Gloucestershire
Email: jcamos@talktalk.net
Website: none
Comments: I recently lost my grandfather. His name was Arthur Hall from Birmingham and I know he served in Burma but that is all I know.  Any information would be greatly received.
   
   
Name: Lee Magowan
Location Bulford
Email: r.magowan1@btinternet.com
Comments: I am trying to find out information about the chindits. My wife's great uncle was a man called Walter Marmion born in Manchester and was captured and detained in Burma. This is all I have, I would like to find out as much as possible about his military career, his time in the chindits, his awards ...ect...ect, please help! totally lost!
   
   
Name: gagandeep singh
Location canada
Email: singhgagan_789@yahoo.ca
Comments: hi i want to know about my great grand father captain pritam singh . he took part in world war 2 as medical corps and became pow in japan. if any one have information please tell me
   
   
Name: paul watts
Location leeds
Email: pmark1@gmx.co.uk
Comments: im looking for any info about  william young from poplar,london he was p.o.w in burma  he never came home  beleived to have been killed in burma near the end of the war date of birth possibly 1918 searching for his war grave for his sister my grandma
   
   
Name: sheena bienvenue
Location adelaide australia
Email: sheenawmb@hotmail.com
Comments: hi , i am looking for anyone who may have information on the 1st battalion SSVC. my father reginald stuart buchan went on to the Burma Railway. i believe i was told he was a signal man. as he was one of the oldest. he again never spoke about his time as a POW but had the most optimistic view of life. i often wonder what the impact was. i would be grateful for any info, small is good thanks sheena 
   
   
Name: Hilary
Location England
Email: threadgoldpress@waitrose.com
Comments: I am looking for any men or relatives of men who were in Royal Corps of Signals 27 Line Section during WW11. 69 men were taken prisoner in February 1942, 38 returned. I have access to letters from relatives of these men to my mother and would love to make contact
   
   
Name: debbie
Location poole dorset
Email: gooner49@ntlworld.com
Comments: my uncle harold was died in th p o w camp in burma he was 21 anyone kown how to find out more information he died nov 1943
   
   
Name: Bill Richardson
Location Worcester, England
Email: willmrichardson@aol.com
Comments: My late father, William Leslie Richardson (Les) was a Japanese p.o.w. for about 4 years but he never talked about it so I know very little. He was in the Royal Artillery and was a sergeant. He originally came from rural Suffolk and the only postings I know of are Northern Ireland and Wellesbourne, Warwickshire where he met my mother. Anyone remember him?
   
   
Name: Colin O'Brien
Location Texas
Email: covcity007@yahoo.com
Comments: My Grandfather Patrick A O'Brien was RA 155th Lanarkshire yeomanry, worked on the Burma railroad and shipped to Japan when completed to work in the mines of camp #3B funatsu. He very rarely spoke of his time as a pow and when he you could see the pain in his heart.
   
   
Name: Deborah McKenzie
Location Ireland
Email: geranddebz@gmail.com
Comments: I am trying to trace my family history on my Mothers side. Her Father was Alexander Watt and he came from Aberdeen. He was married to Marion King from Torry Aberdeen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
   
   
Name: Keith Bettany
Location Adelaide South Australia
Email: keithbettany@internode.on.net
Comments: Hi, my dad, Des Bettany, was a gunner in the 88th Field Reg (Lancashire) and to keep his sanity painted in Changi. We have just scanned his art work which comprises of over 300 images. 100 of these are theatre programs, intact with performers names etc. A sample of these can be seen on www.nmbvaa.com just click on 'art gallery'. Our family is preparing a website where all of his Changi art work will be displayed by the end of 2011. We know he gave a lot of art work away after the war. If you have a copy could you please scan it and email the image to me to be included.
   
   
Name: Clare Hill
Location Norich, Norfolk UK
Email: mrsclarehill@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi, I am trying to find out about my grandfather William (Bill) James Oldman, who was in Changi Prison in WWII. All I know was that he was in the Royal Engineers, he was from Norwich, Norfolk UK. I don't know anything else about him though. If anyone has any info that might help please email me!
   
   
Name: LIZ LEWIS
Location MELBOURNE
Email: pocketzphotography@live.com
Comments: I just came across this page and honestly not sure if Im looking in the right place. However Im trying to locate a Matty ( Matthew) Ryan whom I have been told was possibly in WWII.  I have recently found out he is my grandfather whom my father or myself have ever met . Im not sure how often this page is frequented but would be very grateful if anyone reading this knows anything or can give me any other ways to find out about him. Its very hard as I have no idea of a birth date, location or anything. All I know he was in Sydney in1944 had a brief romance  with my grandmother and the statement " meet me under the clocks" at Flinders street station.
   
   
Name: Barry Woolnough
Location Forster NSW Australia
Email: woolnough05@bigpond.com
Comments: I have been trying to find information on my great uncle PRIVATE KEITH SCOTT HERBORN 2/20th battalion NX72719 reported missing February 15th 1942 Singapore.Officially presumed dead. I have only just found this website which is great.
   
   
Name: James Byant
Location Essex, England
Email: j-bryant@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: I am desperately trying to seek information regarding my Grandfather, Frederick Charles Blakesley. All we know is that he was a POW in Japan, in the Royal Norfolks from 1939-45. I know that it is a long shot.. but if anyone has any information regarding my beloved grandfather please get in touch. Kind Regards.
   
   
Name: Mark Pacey
Location Kinross, Perth
Email: carnock51@yahoo.com.au
Comments: What a wonderful website. Thank you so much for the effort and research put into this. My interest is only recent following a recent visit to Changi museum/prison in Singapore and seeing the horrifying stories told by POW's. What the Japanese did to men, women and children had me weeping and any respect I had for that nation has dissipated. I can only hope this is never repeated anywhere in the world again to this extent.
   
   
Name: Alan Corner
Location Co Durham UK
Email: alan@corner2.orangehome.co.uk
Comments: Hi I have just found out my uncle Walter was captured by the Japanese in 1941,when his troop ship was torpedoed off the coast of Burma. Apparently was only 1 of 4 from his company to survive and return home at the end of the war in 1945. I have been told he escaped twice ,but recaptured and was horrifically beaten My mother told me he never ever talked about what had happened to him or his friends or where he was held, we know he suffered the rest of his life because of it . Is there anyone who could help me ,or could trace his army history for me ,I will pay a fee if need be. His name was Walter Young Davison , DOB 18th June 1920 Lived in Sunderland Co Durham UK . I dont know his regiment rank or any further information . Any help would be appreciated ,as nobody from my family has any idea what my poor uncle went through whils a POW. OH! one more thing ,he might have sigened up in his mothers Maiden name ,Walter Davison Young !! Regards Alan Corner
   
   
Name: roger -Viet Vet 1 RAR
Location Mindarie,perth
Comments: Great work Peter Winstanley,dont give up .its not a matter of 'looking backwards" its a matter of never forgetting what these animals did to our troops.Lest we forget- a horrible nation of people.
   
   
Name: coreen hughes
Location bristol
Email: trigle@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Hi my grandfather was captured by the japs in singapore 15th feb 1942. His name was george henry templemanhis rank was a driver i think he was with the kings own rifles. he never spoke of his time captured he died in 1977. Would like to know if poss what camp he was in while building burma railway.All i know is it was liberated by the yanks.
   
   
Name: elaine moss
Location manchester, u.k
Email: quinny63@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: I have recently found out my uncle,Thomas Rowbottom of the 1st manchesters was on this same trip from hell.  He died on the 14/11/43. one of the many dysentry cases in kami sonkrai. perhaps you knew him. it would be nice to think you did.  peace,love light
   
   
Name: Wayne Goodman
Location Jervis Bay, Australia
Email: goodmanwf@gmail.com.au
Comments: My uncle Michael James Pickett was a member of the 2/10 and and Changi Prisoner. I believe he was mentioned in dispatches during his military career.
   
   
Name: Petula Boddy
Location Buckinghamshire
Email: petulaboddy@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: My uncle, John/Jack Cook, was in the RASC serving in Hong Kong, having signed up in 1937. He lived in Edmonton, North London. When Hong Kong fell, he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and sent to Japan - in Osaka POW camp and put to work in Kobe. Hospitalised in 1945, he was badly burned in a bombing raid on Kobe on 5/6/1945 and died on 7/6/1945. Is thre anyone that might have known Jack in Hong Kong?
   
   
Name: David WARRY
Location Boronia
Email: dwarry52@optusnet,com,au
Comments: I was wondering if anyone out three would know of my father, Richard Rory Warry. Any infimation would be greatly apprecieated wit much love. David 0413459892. BORONIA VICTOIA3155
   
   
Name: Russell Cattell
Location England
Email: russellcattell731@btinternet.com
Comments: My Father Ronald Edwin Cattell 1493667,Gunner,Royal Artillery. Anti Tannk Regiment a was POW captured by the Japs and as far as I'm aware played a part in building the railway through Burma. I have a hand written map of all the prison camps a long the railway. I wi-ould very much like to find anyone who may have known my father. As a child I use to attend Parties in London for former POW children.
   
   
Name: Michelle White
Location Nottingham. UK
Email: bagpuss71@ntlworld.com
Comments: My husbands Grandad (John joseph F Doe) was aGunner and was captured in February 1941. he was first taken to Hanne or Honne. then on to Saigon until the August 1945. His Captain was Natty Dempster. I would very much love to hear from anyone who knows him or is related to anyone who was in the camp at the same time. He never spoke of his ordeal. But his family always wondered how he had coped and fought for survival. Thanks for setting up this site.
   
   
Name: John william Lobegeiger
Location Queensland
Email: Johnlobegeiger@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Im inspired by the selfless sacrifice of all those who served and the stories of courage and mateship. Its seems there isnt one family anywhere in the world who hasnt been touched by the horrors of war in some way. My hats off to them all - lest we forget.
   
   
Name: John Dent
Location Gloucestershire UK
Email: jdent75@o2.co.uk
Comments: My father Mervyn Dent worked in the Field Base Post Office in Singapore (and the GPO in the Fullerton Building prior to the war). His last letter to my mother and I was dated January 1942, when the Japanese invasion was imminent. Following the fall of Singapore we had no news and finally he was declared 'missing presumed dead' Returning friends after the war mentioned that they were prisoners together in Changi but were separated quite early during their capture. Does anyone have any recollection of my father after all these years? He was not a robust man suffering with severe asthma, and would not have survived for long under the conditions prevailing in Changi at the time. I would appreciate any information that users of this excellent website may have.
   
   
Name: SERENA HEALD HOLDER
Location MESA, AZ
Email: serenaholder@hotmail.com
Comments: I am looking for anyone who might have known my father.  Sgt Charles Farlee Heald, AKA Charlie or Mutt.  He was set afloat across the South China Sea after the Philippines were taken.  He was captured in French IndoChina and turned over to the Japanese by the Vichey French.  He spent 43 months as a POW.   I know he left behind a girlfriend in Manila, a Russian woman, who gave birth to a baby girl, Ramona, in 1943.  She would be my half sister and I want desperatly to find her.  I know they made it stateside. Please, if anyone can help me or direct me in the right direction I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much, Serena Heald Holder Mesa, Az and Angel Fire, NM
   
   
Name: Dawn Martin
Location England
Email: dawnjmartin@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: My grandfather, Frank Fallows was a POW @ the Raffles hotel and he escaped! He was a wiry little man with curly black hair and prob looked like a Jew. He escaped and made his way back to Blighty but he remembered that one of the doctors that saw to him said to his colleague, I wonder in 30 yrs how many of these soldiers will still be with us! They suffered more than we can ever know.
   
   
Name: Jack Muller
Location The Netherlands
Email: mull0646@planet.nl
Website: non
Comments: My father died on June 25th 2005, his war was over. After arrived in Holland in 1952 (?) he suvvert from post dramatic stress disorder and was hospitaled. After a long treatment he started to write it all down, as a kind of after tratment, and it resulted in a small book. He had it all written down, and now I have all the information. I fond a booklet about the Burma railroad. It is a kilometre chart of the Tailand to Burma railway. If you want a copy of it free of charch. send a email to me with your adress and I will send it to you.
   
   
Name: Jack Muller
Location The Netherlands
Email: mull0646@planet.nl
Website: non
Comments: Good day Sir, My father was KNIL sergeant. For him the war started at Pakan Baroe Airfield. The airfield/strip was attact on Januari 17th 1942. My father was section commander of a 12.7 mm anti aircraft gun. He was able to shoot down or damaged two Japanese aircraft, witch were crash landed. According to his story the Japanese aircrew were not alive when he saw the reckage after the attack. According his story, the remaining KNIL forces under command of Gen. vd. Overakker, he was part of a army group that did not surrender as the greater part of KNIL army units did. But all in fean. The Japs did get a grip on those and Gen.vd Overakker was executed in front of his men. My father then was a pow, and worked on the Biam railroad, He was present in Thail land by the river Kwai. He ended the war in Signapore, the famous Changi Jail. He told me that after VJ day all allaid pow's were picked up by allais forces, and after the went home, the nation flag was lowered, the dutch flag was raised the longest, weeks, mayby months after august 15th. And then the trouble in the Dutch East Indies started.....
   
   
Name: John Barton
Location Kuala Lumpur
Email: johnbarton1@hotmail.com
Comments: Fascinating to read all the comments. My father was known as Ben Barton, 2nd 26th. He was taken in Singapore when it fell in '42, Then 18 months on the railway, but I am not sure. He full name was Joseph Ernest Barton, a 'pomme' who came to Queensland (Townsville, Childers, Birdsville) in '36, Dad was a flier (RAAF) but jumped ship, so to say, and joined the AIF when he heard they were going to England! Never made it. He performed in Changi with the Concert Party with a guy called Barney. They had an act: "Benny and Barney." Would appreciate any knowledge. John
   
   
Name: Halden Boyd
Location Evans Head NSW
Email: halden@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Further to my earlier comments William Earle Moore W6252 was probably with H Force, but more likely with F Force on the Burma Railway. He is mentioned in a chapter of memoirs published from diaries of his mate Dick Arthur in a book. Any clues to this would be appreciated. Halden
   
   
Name: Sid Jones
Location South Africa
Email: sej@lantic.net
Comments: Reserching my cousin Stanley Armstrong, died in a new zealand sanitorium ofTB after his release from Jap POW camp. Mothers maiden name Gwen Brookshaw, father Frederick.Born London and livbed in Blackheath.School Haberdasher Askes. I believe he was a Dunkirk survivor and because of his education possibly an NCO. His fiancee went to New Zealand and married him after the war but he died of TB in the late 40's. Any information would be most gratefully received.
   
   
Name: Nico E. Diemel
Location Bend Oregon USA
Email: ndiemel@chesx.com
Website: www.diemel.name
Comments: Hi , my Father N.F.J.Diemel was in Changi jail (Singapore) during the war, where he died in May of 1945. The rest of us were in Ambarawa & Bajoe-Biroe on the island of Java. We spend three and a half years in the Japanese concentration camps. (my mother, my sister and myself) - It was good to find this website and see the many families that have been afected by that sensless war, where many of our loved ones were injured and died. God Bless you all!
   
   
Name: june orchard
Location cornwall
Email: june2567@yahoo.com
Comments: my grandad was called william wright and from Croydon. He was a gunner he died a t sea june 20th 1944. He was a pow on the burma railway. He was 37 when he died. Does anyone know anything about him? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
   
   
Name: maggie
Location deal kent
Email: margaretrestall@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.thejellies.co.uk
Comments: My Dad William Furn had his leg cut off wioth a hacksaw blade in Changi in the second world war. There was no anesthetic. Did anyone know him?
   
   
Name: maggie
Location deal kent uk
Email: margsretrestall@hotmail.co.uk
Website: www.thejellies.co.uk
Comments: Hi , mu Dad was in Changi jail during the war. He had his leg cut off with a hacksaw blade, there was no anesthetic.
   
   
Name: Jeff Crane
Location England
Email: crane.123@btinternet.com
Comments: My Mothers Brother Berard Beecroft is burried in Chunkai War Cemetery. Nobodt has ever visited his grave. I hope to visit the grave one day. Can anyone remember My uncle Berard Beecroft. He was in the Suffolk Regiment
   
   
Name: Halden Boyd
Location Evans Head NSW
Email: halden@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My Great Uncle William Earle (Barney) Moore WX6252 was with A Division Group 5 taken from Singapore to Burma on 14th May 1942. He was with 2/6 Field Park Company and was an electrician/linesman when taken POW in Malaya in early 1942. He then went to Changi before being transported on the 10 day journey aboard the hellship the Toyohashi Maru working on the northern end of the Burma Railway heading south toward Thailand. Does anyone remember him? I believe he is in a chapter of a book written by one of the survivors who was his best mate, possibly named Bowler, whose son is now the M-P for Kalgoorlie. Uncle Barney returned to Australia and passed away at Esperance Western Australia in 1999. Thanks Halden Boyd
   
   
Name: Halden Boyd
Location Evans Head NSW
Email: halden@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My Great Uncle William Earle (Barney) Moore WX6252 was with A Division Group 5 taken from Singapore to Burma on 14th May 1942. He was with 2/6 Field Park Company when take POW in Malaya. He then went to Changi before working on the northern end of the railway heading south toward Thailand. Does anyone remember him? Uncle Barney returned to Australia and passed away at Esperance Western Australia in 1999. Thanks Halden Boyd
   
   
Name: David WARRY
Location Melbourne
Email: dwarry52@optusnet.com.au
Comments: My Father, Richard Roy WARRY was a POW taken by the Japanese when Singapore fell in 1942. Dad got sick a number of times and worked on the Burma railway and again got sick and was forced to return to camp on foot, a very long trip. He made it back to the hospital at Changi and recovered to help out in the hospital. Dad past away10 years agonot talking about his experiences until the end.
   
   
Name: Jenelle
Location Townsville
Email: jmac2005@tpg.com.au
Comments: My Great Uncle now deceased and buried Charleville was a POW in Changi, Charles Neil Collins, I have his nominal roll entry for WW2 he was born Blackall, he had the nickname of Bruiser...He was forced to dig his own grave and was bayonetted and hit over the head with rifle buts, but survived and was nursed back to health by Sir Edward Weary Dunlop..I have his battalion details too..
   
   
Name: Rita Bisley
Location Townsville, Australia
Email: rbisley@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My uncle, Patrick Breen QX13575 was in the 2/26 Battalion AIF. He was a member of F Force and died at Shimo Sonkuri on 22.8.1943. He was born in Ireland and came to North Queensland where he cut cane with his brothers. Paddy was actually too old to join the army but changed his birth date so he could join up. He is buried in the War Cemetery in Burma. I would love to visit his grave one day.
   
   
Name: Randall J. Harmon
Location Flagstaff, Arizona
Email: Rjh20062@aol.com
Comments: My Uncle, Joseph Martin Dekreon was on the four stacker destroyer U.S.S. Pope when it was sunk off of Java in early March of 1942. He was one of the crewmen rescued by a Japanese cruiser after the men spent over two days in the water and life boats. He spend the next three and half years in the Japanese prison camp in Mankassar, on the island of Celebes. Looking for any survivors of this camp or other crew members of the USS Pope. It was part of the Squadron of Navy ships, along with the English and Dutch who was the last defense of the Dutch Indies including Java and the surrounding islands.
   
   
Name: rosemary felsenthal
Location trafalgar vic aus
Email: eron_rose@yahoo.com.au
Comments: my father wa s a rdily with 13agh and was in chani pr ronald felsenthal
   
   
Name: Rhonda Deane
Location Drummoyne
Email: rhonda.deane@bigpond.com
Comments: My Fathers name is Ronald Jolly he was a prisoner of war in Japan He was with the2/20th 8th division , He turns 90 this November and was wondering if there is many of the fellow POW left ...
   
   
Name: gordon weare
Location dunedin, new zealand
Email: gordonweare@hotmail.com
Website: -
Comments: I so recall how Uncle Casey's face lit up, on his recalling his liberation by the Americans ! he was so happy, as if it was all happening again. i asked him about the a-bomb. He said they knew or heard nothing, but the Japs were on edge very much, and had started slashing and stabbing the Americans. eventually he said -'We'd heard a bomb had gone off, and it was a perpetual bomb, one that would not stop.... " great man, unique, God bless you -
   
   
Name: gordon weare
Location dunedin, new zealand
Email: gordonweare@hotmail.com
Website: -
Comments: Uncle Casey, keen on fitness. generous and encouraging. Plenty of stories on the Jap maltreatment of humans. He eventually showed me a Bible he had kept for 4 years ! In it was the names of all his party who died. As he used to say, as if things were not bad enough.. it was 4 whole years. he said the Japs were fanatics for cruelty, not just with us, but among themselves. I recall EVERY WORD he said to me.
   
   
Name: gordon weare
Location dunedin, new zealand
Email: gordonweare@hotmail.com
Website: -
Comments: My late Uncle was a Jap POW, I think he was a sgt in the Manchester rgt. was an instructor in malaya. fled to singapore, captured. Then Changi briefly, then the infamous Railway. Miraculously survived unbelievable odds. In his 80's was more open to talk. Sgt Casey Hoyle, a unique man. Shipped to Japan, I think near Nagasaki, or so he said. What camp would that be ? He mentioned Americans were there too, and it was they who shipped him to the philipines, then hong kong, canada and UK. He ended up still in the army, I thing the Ordnance Corps. Bless him.
   
   
Name: Heather Greer
Location Townsville
Email: heatherjune58@hotmail.com
Comments: Thank you to all the contributors it makes it a lot easier to track our lost relatives. My grandfather VX57841 Lindsay Bass was with the 2/1 heavy battery whom went to Koepang Timor he was a M.I.A one day i hope they find him and bring him home not that it will happen. I am hoping to track down serving member families as i have photos to share.
   
   
Name: Sylvia Carlisle
Location Brisbane
Email: sylric55@bigpond.net,au
Comments: Peter, this site is excellent. It is very interesting to read comments posted by people around the world. It is greatly appreciated. My father was Warren David Howitt Steven, QX 12683 and was a Driver in the 2/3rd Motor Transport Company and he was stationed in Malaya, Singapore and East Java. He worked on the Burma Railway. I would realy like to hear from anyone who may have known him. I do not know which camps he was in.
   
   
Name: Jim Norris
Location Florida, USA
Email: kelticjim@yahoo.com
Comments: Looking for info on uncle Charles, capture Corrigdor and spent wwll as prisoner, survided. Any info please.
   
   
Name: Charles Den-Baars
Location Tucson, Arizona U.S.A.
Email: cdenbaars@yahoo.com
Comments: My late Father Dirk den Baars, was a former P.O.W. of the Japanese during WWII. He passed away in nov. 2003 . His Father was a Dutch postmaster and his Mother was Indonesian from Java. He was a senior in h.s. when the Dutch East Indies surrendered in March 1942. His family was quickly imprisoned in a civilian camp but he hid, and was a Resistance fighter for 3 months until capture by the sadistic Kempeitei on June 6th, '42 In Jakarta. He was spared a firing squad by only minutes but forced at bayonet-point to watch dozens of victims be de-capitated! He was imprisoned, tortured, starved, and nearly worked to death in 3 different camps til the end of the war. The last and worst camp he was in was Ambarawa, where he was on burial detail. He weighed maybe 80 lbs. when he finally escaped from a work detail a full month after the war had ended. His family had been told he had died years earlier, and his Mother almost fainted when she saw him walk in the door after a long journey to re-unite with his Family! My Family still has a small pencil sketch portrait of him that was drawn by a Belgian Priest on his 21st Birthday in Jan. '45 who was a fellow P.O.W. that was soon executed... (Father Noyaans was his name i believe) It is truly one of the most excellent pencil drawings i have ever seen, almost like a photo... i can see the fear, & starvation but also hope in my Father's eyes in that sketch! That drawing and a few post-cards that have a few lines censored by the Japanese which he was allowed to mail to his family in the first few months of his imprisonment are the only mementos we have of his terrible experiences besides the oral stories he told my family. And now it is up to my Brothers and i to keep the truth remembered in his honor... I found out only recently, that there was a massacre of many Prisoners at Ambarawa only a few days after my Dad and a friend escaped. That was carried out by angry mobs of Indonesian gangs who wanted all foreigners out! My Dad was awarded the Royal Dutch Resistance Cross Medal in 1984 by Prince Barnhard of the Netherlands for acts of sabotage he committed against the Japanese, which included blowing up airplane fuel at the Jakarta airport so the enemy couldn't use it. My Family can forgive... but we can never forget!
   
   
Name: David Paton
Location London
Email: davepaton@btconnect.com
Comments: My father was a Gunner in the 88th Field Regt. RA. That fought in Malaya and was a POW at Singapore. He worked out of River Valley Road Camp on the docks and went up to Thailand to work on the Railway. He mentioned being in Tonchan & Tarsoa Camps and the famous 'Tiger' as one of the guards. He went back down to Singapore and ended up on the Rakuyo Maru which was torpedoed by the US sub Sealion. He was one of the men that were eventuly picked up by the Japs and ended up on the Kibitsu Maru and went on to Moji in Kyushu, Japan. There he went to work in a carborundum factory from the Fukuoaka -25B Shinkai Camp. The Americans dropped the bombs and he was released and sent home via San Francisco (Fort McDowell) up through Canada and down to New York before being shipped home to Southampton in November 1945. My fathers name was Gunner Thomas Paton 1537256 from Glasgow.
   
   
Name: Trev Pullen
Location Nanaimo, BC Canada
Email: thepullens@shaw.ca
Comments: My father Bob Pullen was in the Btitish Medical Corp and was captured by the Japanese in singapore. He was in the Medical Group 'K' Force and was in Nikhe for 2 years.Dad is now 90 and in an old folks home. I am sure he would like to hear from other similar Vets. feel free to contact me and i can put you in touch.
   
   
Name: Carolina
Location California
Email: vomsaloon@vom.com
Comments: I am looking for a friend of my Mothers (Machtalina Ceelen) they were in Ambarawa prison camp together. Her friends name is Johanna Swart. My Father (Adrian Ceelen) was a engineer aboard the MS Oranje while it was a hospital ship during the war. If any one remembers my Dad or knows anything about Johanna Swart I would really like to communicate with them.
   
   
Name: Holly Mackenzie
Location Cumbria
Email: Holseymack@hotmail.com
Comments: My Grandfather was a P.O.W in Japan. I have found some details on him His name is Robert Adam Mackenzie (RAM) on this website my granddad is wrote down as Mckenzie. He was LAC, 1121170, RAF, 605 sqn. He was in group 1 he was moved from Singapore camp to Innoshima POW Camp. Where he was rescued in sept 1945. The Japanese Government have wrote a report and sent it to my grandma about 15 years ago. However she past away and the report about the treatment the death marchs, hell ships and camp sites has gone missing.  Does anyone know where i could retrieve such infomtion about my granddad? Thank you  Holly P.S I went through pages of British men and women to find his details. I will try to find the website address for everyone to try and find there families however you need to know which camp they were in when the allied rescued them. 
   
   
Name: angela holland
Location manchester
Email: HOLLANDA572@SKY.COM
Comments: my grandfather henry vincent PRIVATE 3532875. 1st Bn. Manchester Regiment; I WOULD LIKE TO FIND ANY INFORMATION ABOUT HIM IF ANYBODY KNOWS THIS REGIMENT
   
   
Name: Howard Bye
Location Goulburn NSW
Email: byehutchings@optusnet.com.au
Comments: My late father NX35419 Allan Howard (Wimpey) Bye served in 2/19 Battalion.He served on the Railway Line and then was moved to Japan to mine coal at Nakama.He passed away on 1/1/2000.He never forgot the terrible time he endured as a PoW.Nothwithstanding this he made many lifelong friends.I hope to visit Singapore,Malaysia and Thailand in the near future and visit some of the places that he often talked about.
   
   
Name: Mike
Location Bribie Island
Email: mpgeddes@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My uncle Douglas Gordon Geddes was a sapper with 2/11 Field Coy RAE with Sparrow Force . He was taken prisoner in Timor and died from Cholera on the Burma Railway. I have tried to find info on Dougs fellow sappers in Timor and how they were moved as POW,s to Thailand.
   
   
Name: June Orchard
Location Cornwall
Email: june2567@yahoo.com
Comments: I would like to hear from anyone who may have known my grandad. He was on the Burma railway and died at sea. He has a memorial at Singapore. His name was William Robert Wright. He was a gunner. I would like to trace his history for my mum. Any help would be much appriated. thaks June
   
   
Name: louise southey
Location madrid
Email: louise.southey@yesdinamics.com
Comments: I grew up surrounded by WW1 soldiers. Among my Father's numerous army friends was Michael Bevan. I was quite a small child the last time I saw him and his sister. He was in a wheelchair and was cared for by his sister, who I remember as being tall. I distinctly remember being told that he had been tortured as a prisoner of war in Japan. I remember being told that a bayonet had caused his paralysis when he asked for water. I also remember my mother saying he was a descendant of Bismark. Years have gone by since then but I have fond memories of the Bevans and would like you to know your suffering and bravery lives on in the memory of younger generations, both in my writing and in my storytelling.
   
   
Name: judy selby- Boothroyd
Location cornwall
Email: judysb@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: please note my earlier post has the wrong e-mail it should read judysb@hotmail.co.uk
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret.
Location Highland, CA
Email: admin@veteranprograms.com
Website: http://www.veteranprograms.com
Comments: http://www.veteranprograms.com We keep coming back to this website again and again. Great work! And millions from around the world continue to visit the Award Winning U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs website. It is a great source where veterans learn how to secure benefits, increase benefits, and get the latest information about compensation, pension, and benefits for veterans - FIRST. Visit Today! http://www.veteranprograms.com
   
   
Name: Michael Juttner
Location Melbourne
Email: jutters2010@gmail.com
Comments: Thanks for putting all this information up for everyone. My great uncle Colin Percival Juttner is mentioned and it is with great pride that I read about him here. I was lucky enough to know him well in life as he is one who made it home. So thank you for this wonderful resource and it has given me some directions for further research. Good on you. Cheers, Michael Juttner
   
   
Name: Trudy Crew
Location Bristol UK
Email: trudy@tcrew.co.uk
Comments: I am going to Hong Kong next week and would willingly take photos of any graves in Stanley Cemetery if anyone I am going to Hong Kong next week and will again visit Stanley Cemetery. If anyone wants photos of any grave contact me with details.
   
   
Name: Juan T. Limtiaco
Location Guam island
Email: jtlimtiaco@pacifictrucking.com
Website: www.pacifictrucking.com
Comments: My father, Fred Fall, a businessman working for an Australian Corp., was captured on Guam by the Japanese forces and was sent and imprisoned in Kobe, Japan during the 2nd. world war. I have never seen him and wish to know more about him and his maternal family in the U.S.A. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks, Mr. Juan T. Limtiaco
   
   
Name: June
Location Cornwall
Email: june2567@yahoo.com
Comments: My grandad was a pow on the burma railway. He died on one of the hell ships. I would like to go there for my mum. Could anyone tell me how to go about it?
   
   
Name: Paul Norris
Location Bristol UK
Email: paul@profilecommunications.co.uk
Comments: Does anyone know anything about my father's wartime experiences? He was William Francis NORRIS,10711853, a WO2 in the RASC. All I know was that he was captured at Singapore and went on the Burma Railway. He died in 1979. Thanks if you can help.
   
   
Name: Trish Ware
Location Albany WA
Email: tfware@westnet.com.au
Comments: My father was Nigel John Sheedy a pow on the Burma Thai railway and also worked on the coal mines in Japan Fukuoka Camp no. 24. If there is anyone who might have details on my father I would appreciate you getting in contact with me
   
   
Name: Terry Lyons
Location Windsor, Ontario Canada
Email: terrylyons@cogeco.ca
Comments: My late father was one of the men from the British Army that helped build the Bridge on the River Kwai. If there is anyone out there that remembers Terry Lyons or any of their families, please contact me at terrylyons@cogeco.ca
   
   
Name: Nicole White
Location Sydney, Australia
Email: nicole_white@live.com.au
Comments: I am the granddaughter of Eric Stanley "curly" Wright. He was a PoW in Malaya, but he never spoke of this or his part in the war. As my own Dad has also passed on, I am seeking info on his for my own sons, so they can fully appreciate their heritage and learn what a legend their Grand-Pop was. Thank you Peter for a wonderful website.
   
   
Name: Nadeem Gul
Location Pakistan
Email: nadeem_gul25@hotmail.com
Comments: I want to search my step brother in japan, my late father remain prisioner in second world war in japan any my father got marrige there my late father name is Taj Muhammad. after release my father come back and also got marrige here i havethe picture of my father with his brother in law in japan of that time i can provide this picture
   
   
Name: carol vickers
Location bolton lancs
Email: madgran1@virginmedia.com
Website: none
Comments: been trying to find info and records of pows in kanburi my grandad was there but died in 1943. he is in war graves cemetry.he was in the loyals.from lancs in the reconnosience corp. would be grate full for any info.
   
   
Name: Stephen Coutts
Location Glasgow
Email: press.tdt@gmail.com
Comments: Hi there, this is an excellent site. My grandfather was a Japanese POW for the last two-and-a-half years of WWII. It is believed he worked on the Death Railway. Corporal Hugh Cole [sometimes Coll due to his Irish accent], no 6983819, Royal Engineers. Served in Hong Kong-Singapore and Burma. Pictures depict him with an ANZAC hat and there are thoughts he may have volunteered as a Chindit [if not captured at the above]. Any information would be helpful. Keep up the good work. And is there a contact in Japan to write to regarding his whereabouts between 1942-45? Thank you all for your help and good luck in your quests.
   
   
Name: kassie miller
Location esperance
Comments: i just wont to thank the solders who gave thier lives for us
   
   
Name: Andrew Taylor
Location Darwin
Email: a.ltaylor@bigpond.com
Comments: Hi, My great uncle Edward Harris Taylor service number NX35343 served in the 2/19 battalion in singapore and was killed on the 15th of Feb 1942. He was doing the same job as John Bell was doing,as far as I know.If some one could shed some light on this matter it would be greatly appreciated.
   
   
Name: Dawn Kitching
Location Barnsley, South Yorkshire
Email: dawnkitching07@btinternet.com
Comments: I am researching my family tree and know that my grandfather albert parker was a pow in a fukuoka camp. I have no idea which one, all we have is a postcard saying he was well and that his thoughts were with his family. I am trying to find out what regiment he was in but am not having much luck. Can anyone help? My mum was only a baby when he went so doesnt remember anything about him and as with other families it wasn't talked about till its too late.
   
   
Name: Jody Bradshaw
Location Western Australia
Email: greenacres3002@yahoo.com.au
Comments: My uncle was in the 2/1 australian heavy battery in 1942. All that is known is he became missing on the 20 of February 1942 somewhere in Timor. His name was wx14453 Gunner John Gauld. If anyone knows what happened to this unit please email me to help put some minds at rest.
   
   
Name: Michael E Nellis
Location Cumbria England
Email: michael.nellis@talktalk.net
Comments: Thank you for what you have done with 'Freeing the Demons'. I hope the contents of the CD have given you more food for thought and to sort out! [Possibly people seeking information about the POW's from the UK could consider contacting Ron Taylor at www.fepow-community.org.uk, where I am sure someone will be pleased to help them in their searches.] A Brilliant site Peter and a pleasure to count you as a friend. Keep up the good work, hope to meet again one day. Regards, Mike [PS "We will Never Forget them" - You can count on it!]
   
   
Name: Clifford Reddish
Location Nottingham UK
Email: clifford.reddish@ntlworld.com
Website: www.cliffordreddish.eu
Comments: I would like to put a link from my website to yours - perhaps you may be interested in my site. I am 90 years old and a former Japanese POW my web site is a readable story of my experiencies after my capture in Singapore.
   
   
Name: linda molles
Location nsw australia
Email: steelefamily1@live.com
Comments: Great site trying to find info on my grandfather who was said to be prisoner of war in 1941or42 all my relo's are gone now so I have no one to get info off his name was Phillip Henry Curle he was in 2/18 bat service num; nx33041 enlisted June 1940 Paddington NSW he was dicharged Sep 44 so if any one has any info I would greatly appreciate any scrap of info thanks so much
   
   
Name: Alan Ratnage
Location UK Essex
Email: michaela_saunders@sky.com
Comments: My great uncle, Thomas EMERY died at Chungkai on 19/01/44. He served with 155 Field Regiment ( The Lanarkshire Yeomanry) RA. Does anyone have any knowledge of Tom. Regards,Alan.5
   
   
Name: Judy Selby-Boothroyd
Location cornwall
Email: jjudysb@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: I would like to find out where my uncle was held prisoner. He was captured in Singapore on 14th Febuary 1942 his name was David John Dewsnap he was a sargent in the RA he survived his internment but was very damaged by his experiences. Please could some one tell me I would like to leave his story for my grandson along with my uncles medals. My uncle died in 1981
   
   
Name: Philippa Deane
Location London
Email: pdeane@macmillan.org.uk
Comments: My father Barry Deane was captured by the Japanese on 25 Dec 1940 and from Hong Kong sent to Japan for slave labour on dockyards. Born in 1911, he died in 1998. Would anyone know him?
   
   
Name: Philippa Deane
Location London
Email: pdeane@macmillan.org.uk
Comments: My father Barry Deane was captured by the Japanese on 25 Dec 1940 and from Hong Kong sent to Japan for slave labour on dockyards. Born in 1911, he died in 1998. Would anyone know him?
   
   
Name: Peter Winstanley
Location Perth Western Australia
Email: pgwinstanley@cambraivillage.com.au
Comments: I am the website owner. Around the end of April or early May I received 2 e-mails from the USA regarding POW's. These e-mails were accidently deleted. Could I ask for them to be resent.
   
   
Name: Ann
Location Sydney
Email: ann-marie.slattery@det.edu.nsw.gov.au
Comments: My Uncle was on 'the Changi road' as we were told. He married my aunt or rather she married him against the advise of his family. He was so damaged by his time as a prisioner. They had four sons,my cousins who I barley know. My memory of this Uncle is one of a kind man who was trapped in the war, coming out for brief periods, He was so sad.We are sad that we were unable to know the man he was before this terrible war. Thank-you for this web site, I have tried for many years to find out anything about my uncles history. His name was Gray Edmundson (guessing at the spelling, I only knew him as Uncle Gray, and only heard the surname once or twice) I no longer have contact with his sons so cannot check all other relatives are too old to ask (to painful) or dead. Thanks again
   
   
Name: Alison Emmett
Location Adelaide SA
Email: aem02457@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My uncle Bruce Gibbins (from Adelaide) was a gunner in 1 squadron and taken prisoner on Java.  Is there a record of which camp? He was lost at sea on the Tamhoko maura on 24/6/1944
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz
Location Highland, CA
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Name: Glenda Blair
Location StHelens Tasmania
Email: kbl4105@bigpond.net.au
Comments: My wonderful Dad was a prisoner of war in Changi ,He is Roland Jetson known as Bill. I recently had the great privelege of attending a memorial at Greens Beach for the 2/40th. Of the only ten that are still alive, six of these wonderful men were in attendance. Their stories will never be forgotten, as we are so very proud of them we will always tell their stories. What brave amazing men they were, and still are.My Dad will be 90 on the 8-5-210, and is still an amazing, gentleman.
   
   
Name: Ian Williams
Location Norwich, UK
Email: ilw1167@btinternet.com
Comments: Grandfather (Max) and Great Uncle (Donald) operated a wireless set through Changi, Chunkai, Tamakan and Canburi.  Mother Alison and Grandmother Vi were evacuated to Perth WA on the Narkunda.  Wonderful to have found reference to my grandfather and his brother's contributions.
   
   
Name: Ginger
Location Michigan
Email: lavertys@hotmail.com
Comments: I am looking for any family of J. Buchanan. I have a pair of chopsticks with this engraved on them: 1942 Thailand (Buchanan J), Japan 1941,1942 P.O.W. 1945 ( Buchanan J.), Milaya 1937. If any one can help me get these to the correct family, I would be thankful. These were my fathers, and I feel they should be with the correct family.
   
   
Name: Ray Wooster
Location WOOLGOOLGA NSW
Email: ray.wooster@costaexchange.com.au
Website: ray.wooster@costaexchange.com.au
Comments: My late uncle NX47892 Pte Lionel Victor (Vic) Kearns AAMC 10 Aust Gen Hosp born Carrington NSW 21 Jan 1920 was like many captured with the fall of Singapore. Vic spent the remainder of his services as a POW, was in Changi from February 42 until August 43 and then sent with "L" Force to the railway in Thailand Apart from a few whispered words from his younger brother, about escape and recapture nothing is known. Vic never ever spoke a word of his service and during my family history research I stumbled upon his service records. I now know why. Does anyone with information on L Force or 10 AGH they could share? Cheers Ray Wooster ex RAAMC
   
   
Name: Carole Dixon
Location England
Email: caroledixon06@talktalk.net
Comments: Further to my previous request, I have added my email address in the hope that someone out there can give me some answers about my Father, Leonard Frank Tyler who was captured in the Second World War.
   
   
Name: Carole Dixon (formerly Tyler)
Location England
Website: talktalk.net
Comments: My father, Leaonard Frank Tyler Army No: 7602305 was a POW in Ranau Camp, Batavia, Java. He was there from 1942 until his release. Can anyone tell me about this camp and did anyone know him? He never spoke about his experiences up to his death in 1986.
   
   
Name: Betty Knight
Location Adelaide SA
Email: sparnonbetty@yahoo.com
Comments: My dear uncle Frank Knight was taken prisoner after the fall of Singapore. He went missing 8th April 1942. On 29 Dec 1943 he was interred in Thai camp and then on 23 June 1945 was a prisoner at Fukuoka camp. He was the best uncle always happy but it never ceased to amaze me that this beautiful man of such small stature, being only 5 feet tall, how on earth he survived the atrocities that were meted on them. It has taken so long to find a site so dedicated to those amazing men. Thank you so much
   
   
Name: Colin O'Brien
Location Grapevine Texas
Email: covcity007@yahoo.com
Comments: My Grandfather Patrick A O'Brien 155th Lanarkshire Royal Artillary. He never talked about his imprisonment and I am now only finding out how horrific the 4 1/2 years of hell he went through was. He worked on the Burma railway as a labourer as did many of the captives, If any one can give me any information on this subject I will be very greatfull. Also thier is charity COFEPOW that also has been very great. Iam trying to find out what prisobn camp he was in?
   
   
Name: Roland Torrens
Location Canberra, Australia
Email: rolandtorrens@internode.on.net
Comments: My wife's great uncle BRIG Duncan Maxwell kept a diary whilst a POW in Changi, Formosa and Manch He kept a diary throughout the period it was transcribed by Glenn McIntyre does anyone know wher I can get a copy
   
   
Name: Deane Thrower
Location Goulburn
Email: deanoaimee@bigpond.com
Comments: Hi, im researching my grandfather Maple John Leicester Thrower and his service within the 2/19th. I have limited information on him, to date i know he was a part of Rose Force and was a POW in Fukoka-22-Honami when he was released. Im hoping that you may have some records as he died in 1967. Thankyou
   
   
Name: Web Site Owner
Location Perth Western Australia
Email: pgwinstanley@cambraivillage.com.au
Comments: This was extracted from YouTube comments.
WELLBRAN: Thank you for all involved in these clips, recording history for future generations, please do not loose these footages! I found it interesting having never been able to talk to my father in depth on his own experiences, as in our house it was a taboo subject. And then he died so young just when I was old enough to maybe start to ask him as an adult or man to man what happened to him and get it down in writing or cassette tape (at that time) That's why I have made my own clip for him, and plan another in the future when I have time and inspiration. Once again thanks, also to the young lad here who commented before me, well done to take interest in this. As a small boy I always thought my Dad story and people like him should be heard and told. As in many cases I have heard that these stories are hardly believed by others.
PREVIOUS COMMENT: TheProudAussie -Cheers for the uploads. I may be young (16) but I really enjoyed the interview? with Bill Fitch.
   
   
Name: Laurie Harvey
Location Perth
Website: www.anzacheropolicelegend.com
Comments: I am after information regarding WX10822 Corporal Lawrence John Harvey of the 2/4th machine gun battalion. I wish to know which work camp Lawrence was in after the fall of Singapore and before being transported to Japan on the Rakuyo Maru. Lawrence was lost at sea when the Rakuyo Maru was sunk by a US submarine in 1944. Any help would be vital to family history. Thanks to all involved with this terrific web site. Regards Laurence Harvey.
   
   
Name: James C
Location Portsmouth, England
Comments: I never cease to be amazed at what these guys went through and am eternally grateful to them.
   
   
Name: Melanie Talbot
Location South Africa
Email: jtalbot@futurenet.
Comments: Can anyone help? I am looking for any information on my grandfather Jan Wilhem Onink he was a pilot in the Dutch East Indies and was captured around 1942. I have no idea what camps etc he went to and am wanting to find out. Thank you
   
   
Name: Mrs Lyn Kinsella
Location Purfleet Essex
Email: lynkinsella@aol.com
Comments: I'm trying to find the name of the POW camp my Dad was in during ww2 but I don't know how to go about it. Can anybody give me any advice please, thank you.
   
   
Name: Ash Dixon
Location Perth, WA
Email: ash1972@hotmail.com
Comments: This site and Lt Col Peter Winstanley are a blessing to the memory and the history of these brave POW's. My Grandfather is Sapper Dixon 2/4 CCS who helped make the surgical equipment and artificial legs in 55 kilo camp and others. I am keen and eager to know more about not only my Grandfather and his time within the camps but also the brave Surgeons and work undertaken such as Lt Col Thomas Hamilton and Lt Col Albert Coates. If l can assist or help anyone please feel free to drop me a line.
   
   
Name: David Hope
Location Singapore
Email: davidahope@gmail.com
Website: www.singaporeevacuation1942.com
Comments: I am researching the evacuation ships of Singapore and am particularly interested in any information related to the sinking of the Kuala and the Tien Kwang off Pompomg Island on the 14th of February 1942. My website is http://www.singaporeevacuation1942.com
   
   
Name: Arthur Wallace
Location Canberra Australia
Email: annevla@gmail.com
Comments: Im looking for anyone who knows any jnfo about Bertie and Mamie Bell - Bertie was the Shipyard Manager of the Taikoo Dockyard during WW 2- POW at Changie we think. -
   
   
Name: Brian Bevan
Email: bevanb@dodo.com.au
Comments: Tracing family history, I found my uncle (Sgt) Fred Bevan was one of the 2/3 Motor Ambulance Convoy. This site gave me a real perspective of him during WW2.
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz
Email: admin@veteranprograms.com
Website: http://www.veteranprograms.com
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Name: Glen Barwick
Location Nowra, NSW
Email: glenjan42@bigpond.com
Comments: My Father, Leslie Jones Barwick 2/20 Battalion was a prisoner at the Naoetsu camp. He died of his war injuries in June 1983. "Lest we Forget". "Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it" Thanks for this resource. GB
   
   
Name: Peter Winstanley
Location Perth Western Australia
Email: pgwinstanley@cambraivillage.com.au
Comments: Does anyone have maps of the POW Camps at Nakhon Nayok or Phitsanaluk which were occupied by POWs in 1945. Three doctors were in Phitsanaluk, They were Captain Jim Marks (RAMC) Captain Tom le Gay Brereton (AAMC) and LT Poh (SSVF)
   
   
Name: David Auker-Howlett
Location Mitcheldean, England
Email: daukhow@fsmail.net
Comments: My Grandfather was a Pharmacist in Kuala Lumpa he was captured and held prisoner working on the burma railway, as many ex pows he did not speak much about his experiences, i am looking for any information on his internment as i am compiling family history for a future book. His name was William "BILL" Auker-Howlett.
   
   
Name: Justine Stavris
Location Melbourne, Australia
Comments: My Great-Aunt, Jessie Duijm (nee Burlage), turned 100 years old on November 30th. Jessie is of Dutch-Indonesian descent and was interned in Japanese POW camps on Soerabaja in Indonesia as was her husband "Tjeerd Duijm". Tante Tita (as we affectionately call her), has not recounted much of her experiences as a POW however, given that her mind is 100% intact, I will make it my mission to find out more from her before it is too late.
   
   
Name: j.k.pattnaik
Location india
Email: jajatikeshari56@gmail.com
Website: do not know
Comments: My father Late D.C.Pattnaik SR 773871{ Hav/SH},54 supply issue section{cnverted to 13 Indian composite platoon} 1st Indian Infantry Brigade,23 Indian Division REASC served in Burma,Singapore,Malay,Java,Sumatra{Indonasia} in 2nd World war under S.E.A.C. He was Mentioned-in-Despatches vide London Gazzette 27 Sept 1945{Supplimentary}. Received Jangi Inam,1939-45 War Medal 2nd WW Medal,Burma Star,received a japanese sword as personal war trofy. He was once made POW by Japanese Army wherein many of his co-soldiers were butchered, but later escaped by killing the Japnese sentry. Many times he was refering his Commandant Capt O.S.Knowles of 54 Supply Issue Section. I need his service records & need to know the whereabout of Capt Knowels, if dead, the address of his family.
   
   
Name: Yolanda
Location Vic, Aust
Email: yollielyons@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Is there anyone who knew a Wolter Tammo Otten a POW sent to Japan to work in tin mine?
   
   
Name: paul nice
Location nottingham, england
Email: nicep@fsmail.net
Comments: my grandad survived batu-lingtang camp as a joiner and some of his handywork is still standing and im looking to travel to witness this. has anyone been and if so have you any information .
   
   
Name: Nick E. Diemel
Location Oregon USA
Email: ndiemel@chesx.com
Website: www.diemel.name
Comments: Hello, My name is Nick Diemel, my father was in the Changi prison camp and died there during the war in 1945. His name was Nicholaas F.J. Diemel , Ldst. Sergt. 1st kl. KNIL. I wonder if any one has pictures or lists of names of some of the Dutch KNIL soldiers? I would be greatful to get any information that is out there. I myself was in the Ambarawa japanese prison camp in Java during the war, with my family. Thanks for this great website! Best Regards, Nick Diemel
   
   
Name: Allan Bell
Location Adelaide
Email: Taksin1999@windowslive.com
Comments: I happened upon your article about Jack Troedel and his mate Nugget Coombs (SX10134) in Changi together. Nugget was my step-father and passed away on 23-01-93 at the age of 74 after a couple of strokes and bouts of cancer. I can remember my mother talking about meeting Jack at an R.S.L reunion many years ago. My mother Yvonne died in 2005.
   
   
Name: Gerry Roosen
Location Australia
Email: bonjelina@hotmail.com
Comments: After a recent visit to the war graves at the river Kwia we discovered a dutch soldier with the same last name as mine, It mite be a shot in the dark but he may be a distant relitive. My Grand parents and there children fled Holland after the war. My grandfather told us about how was involved in the dutch under ground but he never mentioned anything about any other relitives in the war, the soldier was A.J.Roosen, can some wone give me advice on how to research this further.
   
   
Name: Frazer Kirkham
Location Scotland
Email: fraz40@msn.com
Website: fraz40@msn.com
Comments: I have visited Hellfire pass, the bridge on the Kwia, and the war graves at Chungkai, Kanchanaburi, where my great uncle died...Signalman James T Watt 2333800, aged 25, Dec 31st(New years Eve) 1943"A Son Of Strathaven,Lanarkshire, Scotland" making the railway is buried. This is a beautiful part of Thailand, but to think our boys were made to suffer like they did!, unthinkable what they endured." At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them" God bless them! x
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz
Email: admin@veteranprograms.com
Website: http://www.veteranprograms.com
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Name: Ann Lockett
Location Mindarie (Perth)
Email: annlockett@hotmail.com
Comments: I applaud and thank you for the vital work you are doing Peter.
   
   
Name: jim mc daniel
Location new orleans
Email: jamesmetairie@yahoo.com
Comments: my cousin, john wisecup usmc was a survivor of uss houston and death railroad. his take on "survival factor = when your # comes up there ain,t no way around it.
   
   
Name: Jeff Milne
Location Mildura
Email: jmmilne@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Peter, thanks for being the catalyst to get dad's (Lex Milne VX39668) story about Timor, Java, Singapore and finally The Sumatra Railway told. This is an experience of POWs about which little is known. I had heard snippets over the last 50 years but to have it recorded for future generations is great.
   
   
Name: Jan R Hein
Location Sweden
Email: casanunda@bredband.net
Comments: Currently researching my roots and found my grand mothers brother Gerrit Kappert died as a POW of the Japs..... I have all respect for this great research that has been done here.
   
   
Name: seadoo
Location Ky.
Comments: I found a web site that has a complete lists of names of POW camps and the names of all POWs there . Go to www.mukdenpows.org. If you cannot get to this link, just type inmukdenpows.
   
   
Name: Sally Dingo
Location Melbourne
Email: moonshield@bigpond.com
Comments: Wonderful and respectful website. Thank you. I am searching for my father's story. He was Sgt Max Butler of 2nd/40th Battalion. Tasmanian. Captured in Timor. imprisoned in Thailand. I believe he was NCO of Australian group on Mergui Road tragedy and assisted many men. He died in Jan. 1966. I would appreciate any information whatsoever.
   
   
Name: Rodney Bennett
Location Gladstone QLD
Email: bben3418@bigpond.net.au
Comments: G'day, my grandfather Joseph Bennett (QX23248, 2/19 Battalion) spent 3.5 years as a POW 1941 to 1945 and I am trying to find out what POW camps he was in. He did spend some time at the Outram rd Jail singapore and thats all the information I have. Does anybody know if there is a roll call of the camps? Thanks
   
   
Name: john omeara
Location melb
Email: ihatecarlton@msn.com
Comments: i wonder if any body knew of a Jack Gaskett i think he was in the twenty second reg ?he served in Borneo. i be wrapped if any old digger new him please email me if you have any pic or info john
   
   
Name: john
Location melb
Email: ihatecarlton@msn.com
Comments: a search engine on this site would be a great help,in looking up names
   
   
Name: Audrey
Location Florida
Email: dacamcfly@yahoo.com
Comments: My Mother that was Dutch, was in a camp in Indonesia. She shared very little with us. Now as an adult and with my Mom gone, I have been reading everything I can to learn what she must have experienced. Does the name Irvine Nabilcy or Irvine Wiggers ring a bell to anyone?
   
   
Name: John Fragomeni
Location Rotary Club of Mt Lawley
Email: John.fragomeni@bigpond.com
Comments: Hello Peter, With apologies for the delay, I write to thank you for you talk to our Rotary Club recently. In your Anzac Day address to us, you brought to life a lot of people, names, places, situations and events and tied them together to give specific meaning to a very significant part of our recent history. You obviosly know your stuff, but you are more than just another historian. You are passionate about your subject and I for one am moved that you are able to tie it together as you have done.I believe we have a need to raise awareness among our youth of events such as these, and of the impact they have had on the development of our national psyche. Through your work, you are doing just this! Many members of the Rotary Club have spokebn to me since your address and have indicated how deeply moved they were by your address. Again I thank you for your time with us and the message you shared on the night. Please keep up the good work.
   
   
Name: keely reid
Location three springs W.A
Email: cuddlebud11@hotmail.com
Website: pows-of-japan.com
Comments: hi my name is keely i have started a history challenge in carnamah district high school and im doing jack thorpe ive looked at this website and read the whole lot i have had some laughs and have gotten a lot of infomation so i think this would really help my project
   
   
Name: Tina M.
Location Fredericksburg, Texas
Email: tina@ctesc.net
Comments: This site is awesome. My Dad was a POW from 11/41 to 6/45 in Fukuoka No. 2. He passed away 2 1/2 weeks ago and I miss him so. He didn't talk much about his experience. I am interested in any and all info I can get. I am his youngest and only daughter.
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz
Email: info@veteranprograms.com
Website: http://www.veteranprograms.com
Comments: We love this web site. Like ours, it offers a lot of information that veterans can use. Have you seen the new 2009 Presumptive List of service-connected conditions? If not, visit http://www.veteranpograms.com to learn what benefits veterans can get today.
   
   
Name: Sgt Ian Cook
Location Adelaide
Email: redgate2008@hotmail.com
Comments: This Book has left me feeling shame and Guilt, because I am RAAMC, and knew nothing of these men. An absolute must for all up and comming Military Doctors and Health Services Pers. Demonstrates the worst and best in Man, but most of all pays overdue homage to a group of men, who have been lost in the black hole of Military and they deserve better. If you see the book grab it with both hands a box of tissues and enjoy Sgt I. Cook R.A.A.M.C Honour the Dead Fight like Hell For the Living
   
   
Name: Robert Brokenmouth
Location Adelaide
Email: brokenmouth@internode.on.net
Comments: Peter, it was a privilege to meet you today. The internet is chockas with pointless sites and a storm of dopey data. It is my hope that your site will continue for decades to come; the one thing life has taught me is that human nature just doesn't change. Contact me if you want a copy of that film on the Japanese in Manchuria. Fabulous site.
   
   
Name: Audrey
Location Buderim Queensland
Email: esh55662@bigpond.net.au
Comments: I found your site by chance and I am very impressed with the volume of information it has amassed. Great work. My interest is in the P.O.W. camp in Borneo where my uncle, Gunner David Roy Shaw was interned after the fall of Singapore. His service number was QX15018. He joined up in Gympie Queensland and Died as a result of inflamation of the bowel 1945.If anyone has further information I would be pleased to hear.
   
   
Name: Jacqui Durtanovich
Location Perth, Western Australia
Email: jacquidurtanovich@yahoo.com.au
Comments: What a wonderful site. I am researching my family and have come across 3 photos of Changi Prison, 1 of the cells, 1 of the 4th Floor of the Civilian Gaol and 1 of the hospital huts. The backs of the photos have been written on by my Great Uncle Roy DAVID who came from Scotland. I don't know anything more about him other than he lived in Glasgow and had also been sent to America following the war to recuperate before being sent home. I don't know if anybody out there would have known of him but I felt it was worth a try to see if I could find any information. Thank you
   
   
Name: simon roberts
Location mullumbimby,NSW
Email: roberts.simon3@gmail.com
Comments: I'm Sir Albert Coates' eldest grandchild. Iknew him while I was an uncontrollable larikan, but only within the last decade or so have I shown an intense interest in his heroics. I would like to know more
   
   
Name: Shirley Martin
Location Dawesville Western Australia
Email: samsongmau@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Harold Martin is now 92 and lives in Albany Western Australia he was mentioned several times in the article concerning Bill Armit. and recently visited the grave sites of his mates on the Burma railway. He recently travelled to San Francisco where he visited the Submarine the Pampanito which is moored in SanFrancisco as part of the Museum. He is still quite fit and able to climb down the subs ladders and through the tight spaces. The Sanfrancisco Chronicle under the heading Harold Martin. has a peice written about him and can be found on the internet google if you would like to read his story. Harold has been reticent about his experiences during the war until recently. I have printed off a copy of the Artcle concerning Bill Armit and posting it to Harold. I hope this will help folk searching for answers Regards Shirley ph 08 95823252
   
   
Name: Jeff M.
Location BC, Canada
Comments: My wife's late Grandfather, Charles Constantine was UK Army signal corp, taken prisoner in Singapore. He survived his time in the hands of the Japanese only to learn his job was gone when he got back because he volunteered rather than wait for conscription. Disgusted they left England for Canada. I have documents, letters, and some photographs but would like to hear from you if his name rings a bell. Thanks. My email is jmoncalieri (at) shaw (dot) CA
   
   
Name: Luhsun
Location Melbourne
Email: Luhsi@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://au.geocities.com/fokkersmountainpat
Comments: Hello, My grandfather helped run Smokey Joe's cafe in Changi. Piet Bakker. It was run to raise money to feed the Dutch troops. At the time he was in his late 40's. He never told us about changi. As a kid I had a traumatic time learning to swim breaststroke from him because that's how he swam up a river in Java to blow up a bridge. If anyone knows any stories about Smoky Joe's please send them to me.
   
   
Name: Alison Phillips
Location Portsmouth Hampshire U.K
Email: florid_persona@rocketmail.com
Comments: My beloved great-uncle Leonard Daughtrey was a P.O.W . captured in Singapore in 41. He was in anti-tank , and from a village called Emsworth near Portsmouth. He lived on to be 86 , only passed away only 4 years ago . I just took a trip today to visit his widow. He was a very amazeing person , and although troubled by the past , he had great humanity , and a love of the natural world thatv he passed on to me . Thankyou for this site , and i wish any surviving members all the very best. With love and thanks , for all your increadable stories of survival and courage X
P.S I know he was at Kanu 2
   
   
Name: P Tripcony
Location UK
Email: Tripcony@aol.com
Comments: This is a new site to me on the internet so was pleased to find it. My father was not on the Dreaded railway but was a signalman on HMS Exeter sunk 1st march 42 during the battle of the Java sea. He was in the sea for 36hrs and picked up and taken to Makassar POW camp for 6mths after was transported to Nagasaki Japan, fukuoka camp 2b and worked in the shipyards as a riveter, many perished in the winter months there, but Dad survived until the A bomb dropped, one of the few westerners to witness the bomb from the ground, He died aged 52 in 1974 we are convinced the A bomb was to blame for his early death...try telling that to the MOD..a joke.Here is a link to my Video clip on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF-Tast2Ua8
   
   
Name: John Lenehan
Location Sydney NSW
Email: john.lenehan@optus.com.au
Website: na
Comments: Peter, it’s hard to express my gratitude in the effort you have gone to tell the John Chalmers story, and indeed, all the stories of these wonderful, compassionate and brave souls. I was reading various excerpts to my wife Sue and when I got to the account of the doctor’s death you quoted from Bamboo and Bushido, I was unable to continue and had to let her read it herself. Tears welled up in her eyes as well. Her Dad Ted (Merton Villiers Clarendon) Harridge and uncle Leonard James Harridge were also Changi POWs. Both wonderful men. Through your hard work, interviews and research, piecing together first hand accounts, John Chalmers has had his story told, 64 years later. You may not feel this presently, weighed down with trying to complete these works, but what you have done in is more than historical, it has created what I consider to be a sacred memory. My mother was the youngest sister of Mary, John’s wife. She recalls John as a happy and compassionate man, always willing to go the extra mile for his patients and his friends. This is confirmed by the many excerpts in the article. She died in 2006, not long after I corresponded with you, and would be thrilled that this story has been told. I hope one day to ensure this article gets to any descendants of John, who, I understand, was survived by a sister. I am indebted to you for your hard work.
   
   
Name: Charles Evans
Location Victoria
Comments: A very interesting website. Must have taken lots of research. I never knew there were so many doctors on the line. How about more info on the orderlies who assited the doctors.
   
   
Name: simon a roberts
Location mullumbimby NSW
Email: roberts.simon3@gmail.com
Comments: I'm Sir Albert Coates's 1st. Grandchild. I'm a Christian and I believe that even though he never spoke much of his faith; nonetheless that is what saw him through that horror.
   
   
Name: Marshall Gass
Location Auckland New Zealand
Email: marshall.gass@xtra.co.nz
Comments: My Dad, James Patrick Gass served in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Burma between 1939 and 1944) and was discharged on 29th October 1946. He served in Assam Burma from 1939 to 1942 and in Malaya from 42 to Discharge. Dad often spoke about harrowing experiences in the trenches and Japs 'seraching for him' as a sargeant. There was however, one part missing which he would never talk about. I suspect he was a POW at this time. He mentioned names like Pekoku, Lungshay, and Rangoon. He also mentioned names like Muir, Sweeney, Campbell and Jenkins all of whom I have no idea about. His experiences were character builders for us youngsters and I now know why he lapsed into silence and the drink whenever he bought this part of his life story up, Must have been the trauma. Dad died on 22nd November 1985 and took with him some of the most disturbing war tales I have ever heard. Is there someone out there who may have heard of Sgt James Patrick Gass and his time with the RAMC? Be glad to share stories. Marshall Gass
   
   
Name: Harper Wright
Location Cheshire, U.K.
Email: CRHWright@googlemail.com
Comments: I am very pleased to have found this great site. Congratulations to all involved in making this information available. I am researching my wife's great uncle Brig. Duncan S Maxwell MC who was a POW in Changi, Formosa and Manchuria. Although he was veteran of Gallipoli and the Western Front and an infantry brigade commander in WW2, he was also a medical doctor. Family tradition says that eventhough he was a "senior officer" he served as a medical officer while a POW. I'd appreciate any information or leads that anyone may have about Duncan Maxwell. Many thanks
   
   
Name: Sophie Browne
Location Norwich, Norfolk
Email: brownie20f@yahoo.co.uk
Comments: I am trying to find out more information about my Granddad. His name was Sidney Browne and he was a nurse with the Royal Norfolk Regiment. He died when I was 8 years old, I am now 25 and wishing he was here to answer my questions. I have been getting quite emotional reading this website. I have just found this book online Behind the Fence: Life as a P.O.W. in Japan 1942-1945 and wondered if anyone could tell me if it was any good or not? Also where on earth do you go to find out more info about P.O.W? Thanks, Sophie
   
   
Name: william watt
Location n'pton england
Email: mww123@googlemail.com
Comments: my father Peter Watt was taken POW when the Encounter went down in the Java Sea. Cant find him on any camp rosters. were the survivors of the "Encounter" kept together? if so does anyone know which Camp they were held in ?
   
   
Name: Eileen Bailey
Location United Kingdon
Email: eiseandtony@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: Trying to discover which camp my late father-in-law was in after capture somewhere nr Java or Timor. It has been said he was taken by ship via Hong Kong to Fukuoka but which one I do not know. He was repatriated after the war and spent abt 6 months in Canade. sadly but understood he never spoke of his time there so we are still searching for information after his death in 1998. He was Frederick Charles Bailey RA. other details like army number i can give if needed. thank you
   
   
Name: jane gosling
Location norfolk england
Email: jangos@talktalk.net
Website: dont have 1
Comments: trying to find out anyhting about my great uncle. arthur thomas fisher. he died thailand - burma railway. he was in the royal army ordance corps. died on 27/12/1943. thats all i know. if anyone has any ideas about further places to research i would be very grateful.
   
   
Name: joke
Location nederland
Email: jovanni@ziggo.nl
Comments: the name of my oncle is sgt m.j. Arbouw, died and burried in Kanburi his grave number is 230006-vak 7 rij a no 38 and died 10.12.1943 who can tell me something about him???
   
   
Name: Eric Fels
Location Brisbane
Email: ericbible@hotmail.com
Comments: I first joined the Army in 1974 and resigned my commission in 2006. Having just read Wayne Pelling's reflections I am amused that he thinks he understands the life and sacrifice of soldiers during times of war. It is not all heroics and anzac day. Stories sometimes have the habit of of reaching mythical porportions. While soldiers are definitely brave to keep in the front lines even when they suddenly become aware of the dangers of war (as are those who face danger in civilian employment)it is quite another to make heroes of people who are supporting war efforts which is really all about killing. Unless Wayne has served in the army there is no way that he could appreciate what soldiers go through, even in ties of peace.
   
   
Name: Rance Jurevwicz, Capt., USA, Ret
Location Highland, CA
Email: info@veteranprograms.com
Website: http://www.veteranprograms.com
Comments: FANTASTIC Web Site! We have added a link to our monthly newsletter so that more veterans can be made aware of this tremendous resource. Also, please visit our web site to learn about hidden government benefits you are eligible for and how to significantly increase your service-connected compensation or VA pension. http://www.veteranprograms.com
   
   
Name: Carol Burnett
Location Melbourne
Email: c.burnett@latrobe.edu.au
Comments: I am doing a family history of Keith Ruthven Portbury - POW in Changi and then the Burma Railway. IHe was in the 2/4th Anti Tank Regiment and was kpresumed dead when the ship Rakyuo Maru was torpedoed by American submarines. I am trying to locate the camp that he was in and wouldc love to know if there are any people reading this sight who may have any knowledge of him.
   
   
Name: Sharon Fair
Location NSW Australia
Email: sharonfair@dodo.com.au
Comments: I am researching 2/10AGH medical core. Australian war records of POW's. My great uncle was inturned in Singapore. If anyone has information on this I'd dearly love to hear from you. There's not much written about the 2/10AGH, very sketchy indeed. Regards Sharon (A family research project)
   
   
Name: Rob Nicholson
Location Hayes Kent UK
Email: mrwohl@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi My Dad was Sgt Nicholson in... "A composite story of POWs in Hoten Camp, Mukden, Manchuria" Stealing drugs for Doc Des Brennan... I dread to think what would have happened if he'd been found out - I sometimes think it's a miracle I was ever born. Rob xxx
   
   
Name: Peter Badger
Location Sydney NSW
Email: peter_badger@hotmail.com
Comments: My daughter Shani just discovered this website and was so surprised and proud to read the articles about my Uncle Harry Badger as I have been as well. I never knew much about my Uncles involvement during the War except that he was a POW. Now I also know where to find him I will make contact. Thankyou for producing this website and to all who have participated in it you should be very proud Australians as I am of you.
   
   
Name: Sam Wassell
Location Barnsley, England
Email: sjwassell@talktalk.net
Comments: My fathers uncle Thomas Bates of the signal corp, was a P.O.W. and worked on the railway and bridges, I know very little,we had his cffin plate for over 25 years, and my father put it on his uncles coffin when he died in the mid 80's.He suffered from having experiments done on him and the usual diseases that went with the region, UP TO HIS death he could not forgive the japanese brutality, and could not understand any englshman buying a japanese product, he would get so angry when japanese dignitories met the queen,and it was on tv and in the papers.Despite this he was a very caring person and loved his family and yorkshire cricket immensly. Thank you.
   
   
Name: Randall J. Harmon
Location Williams, AZ
Email: Rjh20062@aol.com
Comments: My uncle Joe was a POW at Makassar from March of 1942 to 1945. He was on the USS Pope when it was sunk by the Japanese Navy on March 1, 1942. He died in May of 1969 when I was only 9 years old. Does anyone have futher information on this camp? Are there any living survivors from any of the ships that were involved in the second Battle of the Java Sea? Please write me back at Rjh20062@aol.com. Thank you so much.
   
   
Name: Wayne Pelling
Location Mitcham,Victoria,Australia
Email: pellhacst@optusnet.com.au
Comments: I commenced general nurse training in 1974 at a small metropolitan hospital in Melbourne.I looked after many WW2 veterans, and I remember on a very busy night, when we had an old man being quite stroppy because there was not enough staff to supervise his smoking, two patients who were about to be discharged the next day offered to watch over the old bloke. They told me-they were mates- that they had been in Burma during the war and had spent many nights awake watching over mates. They said no more.It was only in the last 8 years ,did I realise that I had witnessed a piece of history ,in that no POW died alone in those man made hell holes.There was always someone there with them until they passed away. Our family doctor for ten years was AJM White,a tall,thin,quietly imposing figure.My 21 year old son,informs me that White's father was the CO of the Light Horse Regiment that became cannon fodder on the Nek in Gallipoli ,but I do know how accurate that is. I recall that Dr White died of an illness that I presume was as a result of his POW experiences. I am 51 on Sunday ,and I hope that the experiences of the POW camp doctors ,will not be forgotten by our Society nor the next generation of Medical Practitioners. As the Book of Ecclesiasticus says" "These were merciful men whose righteousness hath not been forgotten"
   
   
Name: Kate Muir
Location New Zealand
Email: harrispk@xtra.co.nz
Comments: I am looking for information about my mother Adriana Georgina Grootenboer (aged 10 years in 1945) and my grandmother May Turner who was a teacher who were both kept in a prisoner of war camp in Sumatra, and evacuated to Singapore at the end of WW II. Both survived.
   
   
Name: Joye Slater
Location Sydney
Comments: Peter, Your article about the life of Captain (Dr) Don Cumming's life and his wartime experiences moved me to tears. Thankyou. I believe you have certainly covered all the main aspects of his life and you have compiled an amazing account of his years as a Japanese POW. I was particularly interested to read Les Hall's notes of Don "treating by voice alone" as for a short time after graduation Don worked at "Broughton Hall" hospital for nerve and trauma patients, which evidently stood him in good stead under the tragic conditions of the camps, and the lack of supplies. Postwar and following his return from London,as you reported, he resumed practices in Newcastle and Sydney, but soon consolidated his professional activites to a very large partnership which he and Dr Ross Moxham built in Paramatta. Except for Don's medical abilities and reputation I think you could describe him as one of this world's "Quiet Achievers", so I appreciate your work in recording the history of men and women such as these true heroes of our time and nation. Joye,(his cousin).
   
   
Name: Rosemary Matthews
Location Glenmore Park NSW
Email: rmathews2@bigpond.com
Comments: A wonderful website bringing descendants of soldiers/POW's together so that memories and information are shared . Is there anyone out there who remembers Sgt. Keith Walter Scott Ireland NX14368, my father. He came home and lived until 1972. He worked as a prisoner of the Japanese on the Burma/Thailand railway at the Burma end of the railway.
   
   
Name: Case Scholtes
Location Brisbane
Comments: Son in law of the late Pvt John Browne 2nd 2nd Clearance Battalian Medical Corp POW after the fall of Singapore and served with Weary Dunlop Group on the Burma Railway My wife Cheryle has a video he recorded before his death, she will contact you
   
   
Name: Peta Church
Location Kyabram Victoria, Australia
Email: peedi74@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Thank you for this site. I have been looking for anyone or any information on Private Peter Ripley Gale VX67597, 2/ 10 Ordnance Field Park, Australian Army Ordnance Corps. Disembarked from Singapore on the 26th January 1942, he was then reported missing on the 16th February 1942, & on the 2nd Nov 1942 he was reported as a POW. He left Changi on the 28th March 1943 on board the S.S. DeKlerk arriving at Berhala Island in the 15th April 1943 he along with the other POW's were held the until the 5th June when they were taken to Sandakan by barge. The next day the were transferred to the 8 mile Camp. After being a POW for 3yrs & 2 mths on the 16th April 1945 my Uncle Peter died. If you have any further information or if anyone new him I would love to hear your thoughts & memories of my Great Uncle Peter Ripley Gale. Thank you..
   
   
Name: Steve Wilson
Location Perth
Email: wilson53@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Enjoyed your company on our recent to Singapore where we visited the Battle Box, Changi Museum, the Ford Factory and other battle sites. Thanks for sharing your vast knowledge on WW2 with me
   
   
Name: SHARON
Location MNC NSW AUSTRALIA
Email: sfair@dodo.com.au
Comments: My granmothers younger brother was a POW in the ww2. I believe he was in Malaya. I have been trying to find out which camp he was in. I havn't been succesful yet. Can anyone tell me where to look for the names of soldiers in the camps? I've trolled through the govt sites to no avail.His name was Richiu Charles Stewart Abraham from Bull NSW Australia.
   
   
Name: Julie
Location Virginia
Email: julie.pressley@ubsh.com
Comments: My grandfather was a POW ( still alive) . He was one that was captured and was shipped to Burma to help build the BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER KWAI. He came down with beriberi but somehow survived. He has a plaque honoring him in Fredericksburg TX Nimitz museum. He is not in the best health and recently went into a nursiing home facility. I know him as the best chocolate milkshake maker.
   
   
Name: garry alexander
Location mooroopna victoria australi
Email: yangary@opusnet.com.au
Comments: Thank you Peter inform me about the war as I was not born. I had an uncle James Thomas Downie 2/29 Bn, who was over there. If any one knows anything about him and what happened to him it would be appreciate most greatly. my e mail is yangary @optusnet.com.au
   
   
Name: rob disspain
Location perth, western australia
Email: disspain2@hotmail.com
Comments: my favourite uncle (in the UK) was John Everrett. He spoke fluent japanese and was employed , by the RAF in espionage in Burma - where he was caught and tortured. would be grateful for any info regarding this period and subsequent periods of his life.
   
   
Name: Wayne Pelling
Location Mitcham,Victoria,Australia
Email: pellhacst@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for your excellent profile on Dr Alex White,who was the doctor who delivered me and was our family doctor until about 4 years before he died. I believe it was bowel cancer perhaps brought on by suffering amoebic dysentery whilst he was a POW. I also saw the late great Dr Glyn White in action when I was undertaking midwifery nursing 25 years ago and read of his work on Death Railway. The book of Ecclesiasticus chapter 10 sums up my feelings "their bodes are at peace ;but their name liveth for evermore".
   
   
Name: Kevin Lloyd Rees
Location Bridgend, Wales
Email: kl.rees@ntlbusiness.com
Comments: I am trying to find out information relating to my grandfather who died in 1993, he was a Japanese POW from I believe 1942-45, his full name was Elwyn Charles Lloyd Rees, known as Charles or Charlie, he was from St Clears, Carmarthen, South West Wales. He never spoke to my father or my grandmother about his experiences and I wish that I had the chance to ask him more as I got older. Is there anyway of finding out where he was stationed, are there any lists kept of the POWs? I would appreciate any help that you could offer. Many thanks, Kevin (19/03/08)
   
   
Name: John Lease
Location Clifton, Virginia
Email: jlease@fdic.gov
Comments: My father's cousin Lewis McFadden was a POW. He was a gunner on the USS Houston who was captured after the ship sank in 1942. He never forgot how the Japanese treated him. My father was also a WWII vet but was fortunate enough to not be captured.
   
   
Name: Becca
Location Australia
Email: luv_angel_music_baby72@hotmail.com
Comments: hey all im doing an assignment in school on the Japanese treatment of prisoners of war and i found that i have i am moved and touched by POW's stories i want to learn as much as i can about the trials and suffering of prisones of the japanese. I would really appreciate it if any one knew any websites or books that provide factual information on the lives of POW's in WW2. I am touched and deeply moved by the amazing tales of survival and suffering of past and present prisoners of war
   
   
Name: Tony Wege
Location Nuriootpa SA
Email: wege@internode.on.net
Comments: Thanks for your website. Like so many people these days, I am trying to find out about our families' past. In my case it is my step-uncle, William G Gass of the 2/4th reserve motor transport company, POW of the Japanese April 1941 until September 1945. His military record has nothing for this period. He died only two years after he returned home - motor accident. Now 60 plus years later, I am trying to document his story. Where do I start??
   
   
Name: Chris Brown
Location Scotland
Email: the_lighthouse@btinternet.com
Comments: My name is Chris Brown, I am a military and social historian (Ph.D., St. Andrews) and I am currently compiling information for an academic study of the day-to-day lives of POWs and Internees of the Japanese Captivity. I am anxious to hear from anyone - military or civillian - who would be willing to share their memories with me. I am perfectly happy to respect the confidence of anyone who - for whatever reason - might like to remain anonymous. If you feel you would like to take part in this project, please e-mail me at the address below. Yours, Chris Brown.
   
   
Name: Shirley Barnes
Location England
Email: sgblay@aol.com
Comments: Really pleased to see that there are still those who respect the sacrifice made by so many.My Dad, who is 87 and still going strong, was captured at Singapore. After being at Changi, he was taken to the Thailand, to work on the railway. He was at Bampong, Kanburi,Tonchon, Tarsao and Tamarkan. He was taken back to Changi much later and sent in the hold of a ship to Japan. The ship was the Kachidoki Maru, which was sunk by the Americans, and after being in the sea for eight days, was picked up and taken to Japan, where he was put to work in the camp at Sakata. He was released in 1945 weighing less than six stone. As far as he is concerned, he has been living on borrowed time since the fall of Singapore, so has enjoyed every day he has had since then. Mt dad has always been able to talk about some of his experiences, but it is only in recent years he has talked about the more horrific things he witnessed or had done to him. I listen because he has to tell me, but it's not easy to hear what he has to say. He does not hate the Japanese butlike me , has no respect for a country that is still not able to acknowledge what they did to so many people from so may countries. He has long ago given up hope that the Japanese goverment will accept that they did anything wrong and offer him some compensation for his sufferring, but still hopes that they will be able to look at themselves and at least find some small amount of common human decency and say sorry. We all assume that they are labouring under the misapprehension that if they hold on until the last person who they damaged, dies, that they will have got away with it. They are seriously wrong, as the children and grandchildren of FEPOWs will not forget either. Thanks again for the site and keeping the memories alive.
   
   
Name: Georgina Shaw
Location UK
Email: georgina.shaw@kch.nhs.uk
Comments: Very good website. I am trying to find any info on my uncle Walter Paterson Dougherty from Glasgow. I was told he died in Burma on the railway. But am unable to find him on the War Graves site. He was tall and had red hair, I was told he suffered badly at the hands of his captors due to his height. Has anyone heard of him (probably in a Scottish Regiment)
   
   
Name: Jyotsana C
Location Adelaide South Australia
Comments: Thanks Peter for including Dad's (Ian Campbell) information on your site. He would have loved to have his stories included here. Like many other returned soldiers he spoke little about his horrific experiences, never to us as children, and did not condone war . He would occasionally relate humorous POW incidents to us. Something that stood out for me, reading his diary, was how he, and the other young prisoners of war, became sicker much more frequently as the years went on. No wonder he did not complete writing his diary. In his old age Dad struggled to receive a war pension. His comment about 'the shrapnel in his head being a war wound' expressed his sarcasm in response to previous letters from government bodies that said his ill health was not a result of his POW experiences. Thanks again Peter.
   
   
Name: NEVILLE DAVIS
Location BRISBANE
Email: nevdavis@bigpond.net.au
Comments: CONGRATULATIONS, PETER, ON A WONDERFUL CONCEPT . IT IS GREAT THAT YOU HAVE RESEARCHED THE EXPERIENCES OF THE POW'S ON THE RAILWAY SO EXTENSIVELY AND IN SUCH DETAIL
   
   
Name: Terence Clifford
Location Sydney
Email: terry@clifforddirect.com.au
Comments: I have just been advised about your great website. I am trying to find out about my grand parents and father. My grandfather and his wife, George & Anne Clifford and their daughter Jo, who where in the Japanese POW camp in Borneo. They were planters in Malaya. Also looking for details on my father Major John Clifford who was with the British Army in Force 136 who was dropped into the jungle with 6 others to recruit villagers to train and fight the Japanese. I have some information and I'm looking for more places I can look or details that your readers may have. Can anybody assist? Thanks in advance. Terence Clifford.
   
   
Name: ALAN RICHES
Location UK
Email: ASRICHESFAMILY@AOL.COM
Comments: My father Henry Charles Riches was a Staff SGT in RAMC. He was awarded BEM for his devotion to duty in Tonchan cholera outbreak in 1943.He was also in River Valley RD. WAMPO,KINSAIYO,NAKONPATON,MERGUI RD, He was in 9th Coast Reg, 125 anti tank,Indian Medical. its a long shot but if anyone has any information I would be grateful I also thank Peter Winstanley for his much appreciated help.
   
   
Name: James W Turner
Location Kiryat-Gat Israel
Email: jamesturner@walla.co.il
Comments: Thankyou Peter for this web site.My grans brother James b Miller-Kelly Just want to remember my grans brother James b Miller-Kelly who died in japanese capitivity 31/10/1942 in Sumatra we dont even have the name of the camp.Thankyou Peter for this web siteOur families have never recieved an apology from the Japanese govt on the pows Time has not been a good healer.
   
   
Name: Ken Broadhead
Location Sydney, Australia
Email: broadheads@bigpond.com
Comments: This website and the research it is based on will ensure that the suffering that allied POWS endured will remain on the public record indefinitely, and thereby confer a form of immortality on these men and women. Having now made two visits to the sites of the Burma Railway in Thailand I am more than ever in awe of the endurance and strength displayed by Australian and other Allied prisoners. I am also increasingly angry at the poor strategic and operational decisions made by politicians and senior commanders which led to so many of our people becoming prisoners of the Japanese.
   
   
Name: Robyn Lim
Location Brisbane/Nagoya
Email: rbynlim@yahoo.com
Comments: I would like to establish contact with any former POW who was in Camp 26 in Fukuoka. (Aso Yoshikuma coal mine)
   
   
Name: Margaret Webster
Location Tamworth Australia
Email: gmwebs@hotmail.com
Comments: Great to stumble on your informative website. I am seeking information on my uncle, Max Dudley Smith (NX29700) of the 8th Div. Sigs. He worked on the Thai-Burma Railway but died at Kanburi on 7.10.43. He was in F Force, Ponds Party with Dr Roy Mills at medico. This a found out after reading Roy Mills book and I was very excited to read my uncle name in his list of medical records, the first direct reference to Max Smith which I have found. His only relatives back in Australia were a brother (Frank Graeme Smith - my father, now deceased) and a sister living in Brisbane. Both Maxs parents had died before him and so it is ut to me, his niece, who never met him, to search for information. Also could someone please give me the address or website for VicEddy, the magazine of 8th Div. Sigs. I dont know much about my uncles movements in Singapore or Thailand. He was a strong Christian and apparently belonged to a group of Christians in Changi know as the "Rabid non-conformists". Does this ring a bell for anyone. Any information would be most helpful.
   
   
Name: David Flynn
Location Boca Raton, Florida USA
Email: dflynnesq@adelphia.net
Comments: Peter, your web site and its content - words fail me in attempting say how wonderful and informative it is. I was a survivor from the USS Houston, and met many wonderful Aussies, English and Dutch as a Japanese POW. Itruly enjoyed your guestbook and comments. I saw many familar names. Thank you, David Flynn
   
   
Name: John Connell
Location Cootamundra - NSW
Email: connjc@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Keeping their memorary alive will eventually lead to a greater understanding of what the AIF achieved in their endeavours to defend the Malay Penninsula against the odds that were stacked against them
   
   
Name: John Connell
Location Cootamundra, NSW
Email: connjc@bigpond.net.au
Comments: I was only 8 moths old when my oldest brother left for Malaya as a reinforcement for the 2/19 Bn. The scars of the campaign can still be felt today - my family was lucky - my brother was to return home and share in our family life for many years. Many other families were not so lucky and it is only by good hearted people researching the massive material that is now surfacing that many answers will be found. You have created a great site to visit and to research... thank you so much for you contribution to our history.
   
   
Name: Gai Segol
Location Queensland
Email: gaicroyston@bigpond.com
Comments: Thank you Peter for all the information you have given me. I wonder if there is anyone out there who remembers Harry Stewart Gardiner (Jazz) who was in the 8 Div. Provost Corps. He is my mothers brother and as I am researching our family I would like some more information about Uncle Harry. From what I can gather he was on the Thai Burma Railway and then sent to Japan where he was in the mines at Omuta Fukuoka Camp 17, when the A bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. If anyone remembers him, or his name has come up could you please email me. Thank you again, your web site is a truly marvellous endeavour. Keep up the good work.
   
   
Name: Eve Craven
Location Geraldton, Western Australia
Email: karslake@wn.com.au
Comments: My late husband, James Craven, joined the British Army (Royal Army Medical Corps) in 1935. After serving in Britain and India he was later sent to Malaya and Singapore (commissioned into the RIASC). He was captured by the Japanese and sent to Changi. From there he went, in June 1942, to work on the Burma Railway. He actually volunteered thinking he could maybe have a better chance of escaping, and was in the first group to be sent to work on the railway. He recorded many of his trials, and those of the other POWs, enabling me to write about his war years. ("A Kind of Destiny" by Eve Karslake Craven - now out of print.) Thank you, Peter, for keeping this history alive.
   
   
Name: Peter
Location Perth W. Australia
Email: stix1@iprimus.com.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for a very interesting talk which you gave on the POWs of Japan. If only there were more of you to keep up the good work that is on your Website, then perhaps the youth of the world would not be in such a mess as they are now. Many thanks.
   
   
Name: Hilda Fitzgerald
Location canberra
Email: hildafitzgerald@netspeed.com.au
Comments: I have read the articles with great interest, having become more aware of the story of the PoW ,after nursing a wonderful doctor at our aged care facility.I had so much admiration for this elderly gentlman, that i accepted to address a conference, regarding issues being faced by veterans, and veterans living with disability.I would love to hear some comments from veterans ,about a such an important issue.
   
   
Name: Elizabeth van Kampen
Location Tilburg in the Netherlands
Email: evkampen@home.nl
Website: www.dutch-east-indies.com
Comments: Peter, I am more than pleased with your webside and the Books I may read. Since I grew up in the former Dutch East Indies, today Indonesia, I have always felt close towards the Australians. I have also an eye witness of the Australians and Dutch guerilla transported in bamboo pig baskets. I was only 15 years years old when I saw this and what has touched me even deeper were the cries for water and help in English and Dutch. It was and is in my eyes unforgivable. I read an awful lot about World War Two, and what the Japanese military have done to so many innocent people. I have only started reading about this war since 1995, before that I couldnt even talk about it, nor about my Dad and uncle killed by the Kempeitai in Indonesia, Java. I am very grateful to you Peter that I may read how also many others have badly suffered under the Japanese occupation. We must never forget what has happened between Pearl Harbor(1941) and Tokyo in 1945. Thank you very much! And greetings from Holland to Australia. Elizabeth
   
   
Name: Jan (John) Berg
Location Perth
Email: opaberg@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for informing me about your website. Thanking you for including my diary as well. I passed your website on to ex POW friends in the Netherlands as well as there is a lot of information in it that affects ex Dutch East Indies Dutchmen as well.Will keep in touch. John
   
   
Name: Capt. George W. Duffy
Location Exeter, New Hampshire, U.S.ofA.
Email: geoduffy@thepipeline.net
Comments: Peter: You asked me to put something here that perhaps would jog a few memories. Most former prisoner on Java will remember the 72 British and American merchant seamen who were handed over to the Japanese at Tandjong Priok in early November 1942. We eventually went to the Cycle Camp. Later some of us went to Kampong Makassar. In June of 1944, some of the crew of the AMERICAN LEADER were sent to Japan. On their last night at sea the TAMAHAKU MARU was torpedoed by the U.S.S. TANG. Of the eighteen AMERICAN LEADER crew mebers only five survived. At the same time, a small number of us went to Sumatra via Singapore where we worked on the Pakan Baroe railway. In September 1944, 2200 prisoners and 4300 Javanese laborers left Batavia in the JUNYO MARU. She was torpedoed by H.M.S. TRADEWIND with an enormous loss of life. Four of the AMERICAN LEADER crew were drowned. When we left New York in April 1942 there were fifty-eight men aboard. Only twenty-eight survived the war. For related articles, go to http://www.usmm.org See my window on opening page.
   
   
Name: Ron Lobegeiger
Location South Australia
Comments: Why is there no mention of Sandakan in an other wise excellent site. It appears no one wants to mention The horiffic treatment handed out to the diggers at Sandakan and Ranau.
   
   
Name: Teun Heijstek
Location The Netherlands
Email: teunheijstek@hetnet.nl
Website: home.hetnet.nl/~teunheijstek/mizumaki.htm
Comments: Not only for my search for descendants of Dutch POWs who died in World War II in detention in Japan is your website helpfull but also for people who know less or nothing about what had happened in WW II. Kind regards to you all Teun Heijstek.
   
   
Name: Eluned Schweitzer
Location USA
Email: elunedrib@hotmail.com
Comments: Found this website while browsing in Bangkok on business trip - will visit the River Kwai memorial next week where my uncle David Youdell was a prisoner from 1942 to the finish of the railway, following which he was moved to Japan to work in the mines. Thank you for keeping up the recollections. If anyone has come across a D. Youdell please let me know. Best regards, Eluned
   
   
Name: ray jacobs
Location melbourne
Email: rjacobs@melbpc.org .au
Comments: Dear Peter You have a very special website &thank you for all your assistance especially in regard to my Fathers diary that is on your site. Ray Jacobs
   
   
Name: Audrey
Location Florida
Email: dacamcfly@earthlink.net
Comments: My Mother was in a camp in Indonesia. She share very limited stories with us. Now as an adult and with my Mom gone, I have been reading everything I can to learn what she must have experienced. Does the name Irvine Nabilcy or Wiggers ring a bell to anyone?
   
   
Name: John Dickson
Location Scotland
Email: jalbem@hotmail.com
Comments: My Brother Died in Nikkie Thailand 2nd September 1943,member of 2nd Gordons Captured in Singapor
   
   
Name: wiliam van Ginkel
Location Hamilton, On. Canada
Email: wvginkel@execul;ink.com
Comments: Keep up the good work. Searching for a jap prisoner of Bangkong camp, Java by the name of Friedl Stadler
   
   
Name: Kevin Roberts
Location Erowal Bay 2540
Email: wro54880@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Thank you for printing this on the Web. I am always interested in the history of our POW. My uncle Bert Roberts lost his life on the way Japan afyter the fall of Singapore. After my father died in Scottsdale TAS, in 1955 Ray Denney looked after me until I finnished my schooling at the end of 55. Ray was a quite bloke never talking about his years as a POW. I have his book The Long Way Home. He autographed it Peace in Your Time. EX LAMAE Fleet Air Arm RAN
   
   
Name: Graham Reader
Location Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Email: greader@uwindsor.ca
Comments: Excellent site. I am particularly interested in the Timor information as my dad was there with the 79th Battery of the 21st LAA (R.A.). Also being ex-RN I am interested in Naval/Militray history in general.
   
   
Name: linda
Location camden
Comments: I was very moved by the accounts written of POWS experiences. My grandfather was a POW a signaller with the 8th Division. I never really got to know him, he died when I was seven. Thanks to all those that put their stories out there, makes me very proud of being your fellow Australian.
   
   
Name: Harry MEDLIN
Location Crafers West, S.Aust.
Email: hmedlin@chariot.net.au
Comments: Well done Peter. I am pleased that you have my Reminiscences including Timor, Tsuji, my 2006 Bangka Island massacre Memorial Address, my POW experiences and lessons etc.. You may put whatever you like of it on your Website. I have also written about our ACTION with and then capture by the Japanese on 23 February 1942 but that is Embargoed at the present time. Keep up the good work. Best wishes and regards. Harry.
   
   
Name: Oebe Wal
Location Friesland, Netherlands
Email: oebewal@hotmail.com
Comments: This is a very good informative site. As a boy I was imprisoned by the Japanese on Java island. At present I am trying to put that period on paper at the request of my children. Since many pows were in Kampong Makassar, just South of Batavia, I might get some information from them on the following gap in my memory. Where was the main gate of this internment camp located? Was it directly on the main road Batavia-Buitenzorg, or more inside and off that road? And, was the large house of the Japanese commander of the camp in- or outside the main gate? Thanks for your attention, Oebe.
   
   
Name: Oebe Wal
Location Oosterwolde Holland
Comments: Dear friends, I was pleasantly surprised by the quick answers I received on my question about the location of the main gate of the WW2 POW camp Kampomg Makassar just S of Batavia ( now Jakarta). Thank you. I did not receive a conclusive answer; but the reactions were helpful and interesting. Maybe one of the readers can help me still further? Since in Kampong Makassar (or in short KM), some 1200 Australian POWs were interned from April 1942 onwards (just one month after the capitulation of the NEI), it is clear that this camp plays an important role in the Australian WW2 history. Let me therefore tell you a bit about KMs past and present. To many of you this might be no news, but to others it could be informative. Before WW2. In the eighteenth century large areas of land S of Batavia were bought by wealthy Europeans from the local landowners. The lands were transformed into plantations for commercial crops. KM became under German and Dutch owners a flourishing coconut plantation. And later on a coconut selection farm where also pigs were raised. The owners built a large Dutch colonial mansion. Around 1925 the plantation and mansion was sold to the NEI govt and the house became in the thirties the barracks for the Veldpolitie, indigenous police. The plantation was located some six km S of Meester Cornelis (Jatinegara), a Southern suburb of Batavia (Jakarta), and placed E of the road to Buitenzorg (Bogor). Bogor was 40 km to the South. On the E fringe the farm was bordered by the vale of the small river Tjipinang, with paddy fields or sawahs. This fringe was an alluvial N-S ridge only between 1 to 2 m above its surrounds , 200 m wide and 400 m long. West of the ridge there was a drain and before the WW a narrow strip of paddy. The said ridge, on which the Japanese build the barracks compound of KM, was some 700 m E of the said road and the mansion 300 m. During WW2. The Japanese occupation, soon after the allied surrender on March 8 1942, started the construction of the POW camp on the alluvial ridge. Well suited, because of its isolation. Even towards mid 1945 the camp was not detected by the allies. The camps Japanese commandant, as well as the Japanese, Korean and Indonesian (heiho) guards were housed in the mansion (known as Kampong Makassar or Tjililitan Besar). Both Indonesian contractors and POWs build the long primitive bamboo huts with palm leaved roofs in only a few months under Japanese supervisory force. By April 1942 KM already housed a substantial number of Australians. During the next two months more were brought in from areas around Tasikmalaja, where most Aussies had themselves interned. KM was for the 1200 inmates relatively good bearable, mainly because of the , at that period still "humane" Japanese camp commander Tanaka and the tactfulness of Cnl Dunlop, the Australian commandant. From January 1943 KM became a transit camp for thousands of allied en Dutch POWs, awaiting further transport overseas via Tantjong Priok harbour. After October 1944 too many Japanese vessels were lost and the sending abroad was halted. Most remaining POWs were transported to Bandoeng ( 15th Bat.) and Batavia (10th Bat. Or Cycle camp) Conform the new "strategic insight", vulnerable women and children were interned in coastal regions, where allied landings were expected. KM became from early 1945 a camp for women and children, a so called work camp for production of vegetables ( for other camps) and of pigs (for Japanese stomachs). After Japan surrendered on 15 August 1945, KM remained a concentration and protection camp for its remaining population because of the threats of Indonesian independence groups towards none indigenous people. We ( my mother, smaller sister and myself )were transported to Bandoeng (to be reunited with my father) in a heavily guarded train ( by British-Indian troops) on 28 November 1945, as one of the lasts. After WW2 The Dutch greatly improved and refurbished KM in July 1946 and used it as a transit camp for Dutch military engaged in the actions against Indonesian independence forces. After the transfer of sovereignty to the Indonesians end 49, the camp was after 1955 "taken over" by squatters from elsewhere on Java. They were attracted by the big city Jakarta and its, often disillusioning , opportunities. Presently one can no more recognise the former barracks compound. Its a hotchpotch of huts, shacks and other constructions. The mansion, however, is still there, albeit very neglected in its maintenance. Fortunately there is hope fore a restoration since it has been declared a national architectural monument. It is now almost completely "packed in" by buildings. A large area W of the mansion, where vegetable fields were located during WW2, is now occupied by buildings of the main hospital of the Indonesian Police. The new Jakarta to Bogor tollway is as far as I can judge just cutting into the Western fringe of the former barracks compound. If you intend to visit the ex-KM it is off the Kramatjati Old Bogor road and walk down the Jalan RS POLRI until you hit the mansion.
   
   
Name: Christy Chappell
Location Indiana
Email: cchapps@yahoo.com
Comments: I am very interested in contacting other Dutch Indonesian POWs. My husbands grandfather never speaks of the war and I have recently been reading what few books I can find to educate my children on their heritage. Any contacts or rec. reading would be greatly welcomed!
   
   
Name: Elizabeth Strong
Location New Zealand
Email: Elizphil@hotmail.com
Comments: Just read in our local paper an article about pows who worked on the Burma Railway . The name of the prisoner has the same name as name(maiden) of ny late husbands mother and I was wondering if this soldier mentioned in the article could be related. His name was given as Private Harry Mann, Royal Corps of Signals, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, England. My late husbands family came from Yorkshire. Any information would be most interesting to receive
   
   
Name: Elizabeth Cummins
Location New Zealand
Email: elizphil@hotmail.com
Comments: Seeking information about Pte Harry Marsden, Royal Signal Corps, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, who was taken prisoner of the Japanese in the fall of Singapore and worked on the Burma railway. seeking information of Pte Harry Marsden, of the Royal Signal Corps, originally from Keighley, West Yorkshire, England
   
   
Name: Scott
Location U.S.A.
Email: scott@theramseys.org
Comments: Hello to all. I just wanted to say thank you to all the WWII veterans out there, and a special thank you for the POWs that endured the camps. I just wanted to pass along that I have been interviewing and collecting stories from WWII veterans since June 2004. Since then I have also made a video in tribute to them showcasing some WWII Museums and Memorials in the U.S., and would like to send a copy to any veteran that would like to share his or her story with me. There is NO charge for the video, as I do NOT accept money for the video. It was made to thank you for your service, determination, courage and sacrafice during WWII. Please contact me if you have any questions and I hope to hear from any WWII veteran overseas. Take care, and thank you again. A wonderful site for POWs. Scott
   
   
Name: Clive Nicholls
Location Stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Email: clive@butterflyhotels.co.uk
Comments: To add more information to my earlier entry - my father was a Lieutenant in the RIASC, which I am still trying to find more info on. he was captured in feb 42 and sent to NO 1 Malayan POW camp, Changi until May 43. His commander was Col Holmes. He was then in transit to Bampong, Kamburi and then Tonchan. I have all this info from the questionnaire he completed whichis held at Kew and which has been kindly obtained for me by Michael Greenwood who is researching his grandfather. My father then worked building the railway at Tonchan and in July 43 at Hintock River Camp. It appears that he was ill after this as in August he was at Kamburi hospital. Then in Dec 43 he was at Sime Road until May 44. May 44 until August 45 he was in Changi Goal. He returned to the UK on board the Ekma. Any info would be very useful as it is only now that I feel I should be researching my fathers experiences in the far east and I am 55 !! and my father died when I was 7 of a heart attack brought on by his maltreatment. he had to have a leg amputed in the early 50s and was obviously not well since returning. My mother would never talk about it. She has recently died so I feel able to research !
   
   
Name: Clive Nicholls
Location stratford-upon-avon, United Kingdom
Email: clive@butterflyhotels.co.uk
Comments: Congratulations on your excellent site. I am researching my fathers time in the far east and at last I am getting somewhere. He was in hospital in Kamburi, Thailand having suffered badly at Hintock River Camp.
   
   
Name: Craig Woodhall
Location Puckapunyal, Australia
Email: nellie17@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Peter, Id like to first of all thank you for placing a very respectful website on the web to present very informative stories of POWs of the Japanese. I stumbled across your site whilst looking for information on my uncle who unfortuneately died as a POW in Timor as part of 2nd/40th Bn. His name was TX8342 Edward Francis Saunders from Latrobe Tasmania. He was my grandmothers brother and the remainder of the saunders family is now gone so I have no information on him at all. As a serving soldier I like to look into my military heritage and would be very interested to hear from any old members of 2nd/40th Bn. Regards Craig Woodhall
   
   
Name: MGBADA EZE
Location lome, lome togo
Email: mgbadaigbo@gmail.com
Comments: Brings back memories, we were with you and others April 2001
   
   
Name: Kev & Dot Drinnen
Location Brisbane, Australia
Email: kevdrinnen@hotmail.com
Comments: Peter, Your comprehensive website is a great supplement to the knowledge we gained on 2003& 2004 Quiet Lion Tours Anzac Day. We look forward to further updates, Regards, Kev & Dot
   
   
Name: Muriel Butler
Location Birkdale Queensland, Australia
Email: deanmissy@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Hi Peter May I congratulate you on a wonderfully informative site. I, too, have a web site 2-26bn.org, which is dedicated to the men of the 2/26 Battalion, which was the only Infantry Battalion raised in Queensland. We and others like us,must do our utmost to make sure that true story of the part Australians played in the war in South East Asia is told and retold. Most folk know about the part Australians played in the Middle East and Europe, but a relatively small proportion know of our involvment in the war with Japan in S. E. Asia, and especially the inhume treatment of the POWs by the Japanese particularly during the building of the Thai-Burma Railway, at Sandakan and in the mines in Japan itself. The true story of Australias involvement in this conflict must be told and retold. People must know the whole gut wretching truth, not some whitewashed, politically correct version, or distorted incorredt versions presented by one particular foreign government.
   
   
Name: Lyn Neal
Location MANJIMUP, Australia
Email: lynneal@westnet.com.au
Comments: Thanks Peter for the excellent work you are doing to ensure that we do not forget the people who enlisted to protect our country, and particularly those who died for us. Ive been reading a few of the books about the Burma Thailand Railway and still have others to read as yet. To say Ive enjoyed reading these books would be a lie - however theyve certainly given a clear insight into the inhuman dealings on the Railway. It is interesting to note that the recollections of Ian Denys Peek in one-fourteenth of an elephant describes the dreadful illnesses and particularly cholera taking a much greater toll on the southern railway than those described where Australian medical officers were in charge and took steps to reduce the spread of the disease. I can well appreciate your deep respect for them and the need to tell their story. Peek does make mention of a big Australian doctor making a huge difference at one of the camps where he was interned.
   
   
Name: Graeme Williams
Location Perth, Australia
Email: geejayw@bigpond.com
Comments: I wrote yesterday of the passing of my friend, Denny Scanlon. I got to thinking what it was that sets men like Denny and his fellow POWs apart. And I guess this could be my eulogy to him After all they suffered, and the heinous treatment they received, so many of them, against the odds, lived well in to old age. They did not let bitterness, anger, or hatred destroy them. Even though they had every right to feel these emotions. They didnt complain about the lasting effects on their health. They just got on with it.They only seemed to speak of the funny episodes of their captivity, and only fleetingly, if at all, about the bad ones. They had extreme tolerance and patience. They had compassion.They even forgave, if not forgot. And who could forget? I think there is something for us to admire and aspire to, in the example they have set. Graeme Williams
   
   
Name: Graeme Williams
Location Perth, Australia
Email: geejayw@bigpond.com
Comments: I am reading your website tonight, as I think with sadness, and respect, for our great family friend Denis (Denny) Scanlon, who passed away today 23/2/06, aged 93. Denny was a member of the 2nd/40th Btn. from Tasmania, and a POW. He was an inspiration to my wife and I, caring, generous, and an absolute gentleman. I have been to Singapore twice in recent years, and each time I am there, I make a pilgimage to the Changi Memorial to pay my respects to all those brave men. It is one of the most moving experiences of my life, and I feel a presence there. I believe all Australians who visit Singapore should place this at the top of their list. Lest We Forget We Will Remember Them Graeme & Sue Williams
   
   
Name: Ian de Renzie Duncan
Location Paris, France
Email: renzie@parislive.fm
Website: www.parisliveradio.com
Comments: Dear Peter, my Grandfather was Captain Ian Lovell Duncan, medical officer, and I have been greatly uplifted by your work and article on his life as an officer and Japanese POW. Thankyou. Ian de Renzie Duncan
   
   
Name: Daryl Henbery
Location Brisbane
Email: webmaster@2-26bn.org
Website: www.2-26bn.org
Comments: You've done a great job with this site Peter. I think it's important to get the POW story out so that it will never be forgotton. Webmaster The Official 2/26th Battalion Website.
   
   
Name: MAJ Annette Newell (Ret'd) RAANC
Location Perth WA, Australia
Email: annettenewell@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Reading the articles from this great webpage has given me a special, and sometimes terrifying, insight into what our soldiers and nurses suffered. What an inspiration those people have been! As a Nursing Officer in the GRes and Regular Army I have never seen these horrors of war and hope I never do however I have a wonderful respect and admiration for all those who have served and for Peter who has tirelessly researched and collected these personal stories of suffering, bravery, defeat and triumph. Attending the 2004 Remembrance Day Trip,by the Defence Reserves Association,to the Thai Burma Railway was one of the most moving and informative trips I have done. Thank you for the recent account of Sister Hannah's experiences as a POW.
   
   
Name: Di Allpike
Location Two Wells, South Australia
Email: diallpike@bigpond.com.au
Comments: thanks Peter for telling the stories of these people who should never be forgotten. It has given me an even greater insight to Jim (Jim Allpike WX7064 2/4 Machine Gun Bn, subsequently captured in Java and then associated with 2/3 MG Bn)- a truly remarkable man. I shall pass this information on to his grandchildren. I am proud to have him in my family.
   
   
Name: John Winters
Location Sorrento Vic. Australia
Email: jandmwinters@iprimus.com.au
Comments: Peter, Great additions to your web-site.Have read Tommy Busine's NX77799 story,a wonderful read!!. Had pleasure of travelling with Jim Busine Anzac 2003.A dedicated man in wanting to keep the memories of what happened on the Railway forever in our minds.
   
   
Name: Anthony Rengel
Location Perth, Australia
Email: joe_kwel@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi Peter, Good to see this site is growing. I hope the photos I am sending you can be put to good use.
   
   
Name: George Hulse
Location Brisbane, Australia
Email: brisboats@bigpond.com.au
Comments: Thank you for the insights into what being a prisoner of war to an Asian enemy was like. It corroborates (although you might not want it to) the act in my Troop in South Vietnam of swearing to each other that none of us would be taken alive. We remembered the cruelty of the WWII Japanese, the North Koreans and the treatment of two infantry diggers who were captured by the enemy in 1968, and then found dead in a market place with the obvious signs of death by mutilation. Your work is, in my opinion, a re-affirmation to all our servicemen, that in a future conflict with an Asian enemy, surrender is not an option.
   
   
Name: Peter Russell Scott
Location Gold Coast, Australia
Email: holdfast279@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Congratulations to Peter Winstanley for his efforts in creating a great website.
His work is a living and growing memorial to the sacrifice and service of our men and women at war, and I am sure that it will help future generations come to understand the PRICE THAT WAS PAID FOR THE FREEDOM THAT WE ENJOY, and never let anyone take it away.
My late father DX561 Sapper Lewis Frank Scott signed up in 1940 and, after service with the 7th Division in the Syrian and North African Campaigns, was cast into Japanese hands by Wavell on Java in 1942. He buried his best mate DX562 Sapper James Russell at Kilo 100 camp in Burma in 1943.
Those members of the 2/6 Field Company left alive on completion of the Railway were sent to Saigon, then on through the gates of Hell itself, namely Omuta Camp 17, Fukuoka Province in Japan. They remained there as slave labour in the Mitsui coal mine until the atom bomb was dropped on nearby Nagasaki.
Research by Peter Winstanly is helping people understand the terrible treatment and torture our loved ones received at the hands of the japanese and korean guards, and why this may have made their life so difficult when they returned to Australia. For his efforts my family thanks him most sincerely.
   
   
Name: Rick Hayes
Location Melbourne, Australia
Email: mrdurtal@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Thanks for your help and generousity Peter...You maintain a very fine tradition! I'm glad that these sites are available so that we won't forget. Rick
   
   
Name: Fred Hekking
Location Cupertino, USA
Email: fhekking@excite.com
Comments: It's amazing how todays culture doesn't even understand what these men went through. My grandfather, Dr. Henri Hekking, enlightened me as to what happened in the camps. Until the day that he passed, he never spoke about the Japanese with any anger or hatred. Another man who recently passed was Tom "Slug" Wright. He was another inspiration in my life. He also survived the sinking of the USS Houston. I can't thank the Vets of any era enough for giving us the freedoms we have today. More so the hatred and anger that was left on the "war fields" and not brought home. I understand that not everyone has had the same experience, I wish they had. To all the Vets who read this, THANK YOU!
   
   
Name: Betty Miles
Location LaConner Washington, USA
Email: deerpond1@juno.com
Comments: My brother was William Charles Batchelor Jr. He was on the USS Houston when it was sunk. As a Jap POW he was in many different camps but wound up in Burma on the Railroad of Death where he perished at 80 Kilo camp on Oct 1 1943. I miss him every day. Hope to hear from someone who may have known him.
   
   
Name: Wally Gargano
Location Perth, Australia
Email: wgargano@bigpond.com
Comments: Although I am a military officer of nearly 40 years, I have learned a lot in viewing this web site. Well done Peter.
   
   
Name: Enid Johnson
Location Bribie Island, Australia
Email: enidy16@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for your dedication. You have covered so much. My brother (Rolly Small NX66852 2/10 Field Ambulance "F" Force- died Songkurai 28June 1943)and all those who died there are remembered in such a fine tribute.It is a great comfort that there were such wonderful doctors and mates there with them when we at home could not.
   
   
Name: Jeff Single
Location Orange NSW, Australia
Email: jeff_single@hotmail.com
Comments: The bravery,ingenuity and mateship of these soldiers can never be forgotten. As a veteran of the Vietnam (war?) it makes me very humble to see what these people have been through. We need every bit of history possible to be recorded in the hope that it may stop anything like this ever happening again. I know it is hard to speak about what has happened in a war situation, but I believe we need to see more of it. Well done on a great website.
   
   
Name: Dick Stewart, 2/19 Battalion AIF
Location Sydney, Australia
Email: jste6128@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Thanks for a very good web page. Most of my incarceration was in Japan, first at Kobe and when that city was bombed-out we were transferred to a town outside Nagasaki. We were in that city a few days after the a-bomb had been exploded and were amazed at the damage. The bomb saved us from being executed,as this was to happen when the Allies landed in Japan. Needless to relate, that proved unnecessary.
   
   
Name: Terry Thomson
Location erskine, western Australia 6210
Email: terrythom@erskinegrove.com.au
Comments: A well researched site. The stories are of human courage, whilst enduring inhuman treatment. After visiting the Canberra war memorial last year, this site has brought back some very sad memories of that period in my lifetime. I just hope none of my six young grandsons ever have to experience anything like this.
   
   
Name: morris casey
Location Queensland, australia
Email: emsee5981@hotmail.com
Comments: Im researching a gent that I worked with 40 yrs ago. He was a POW in camp#26 at Keisen Kyusu Japan. His name is/was Pte Edward Brown QX13341 Australian 8th Div Sigs. I am presently waiting for National Archives records. He gave me a wallet with Japanese invasion money & a bundle of wrappers from all the items he received from a red cross POW package.
   
   
Name: Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Aff
Location Canberra, Australia
Email: minister.downer@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.dfat.gov.au
Comments: I would like to commend you on your well-researched and presented website, which demonstrates your commitment to preserving, for future generations, the stories of hardship and gallantry of the Australian prisoners of war captured during the Second World War. Best wishes for your ongoing efforts in collecting and documenting these important histories.
   
   
Name: Arlene Stokes
Location Perth, WA
Email: Arlene.Stokes@det.wa.edu.au
Comments: This is fantastic, brings back so many memories of a fantastic trip (Quiet Lion Tour 2000) to see what those wonderful men endured for our freedom.
   
   
Name: Christine Richardson
Location London, UK
Email: christinerich@btinternet.com
Comments: My aunt and uncle, Archie and Helen Coleman, were prisoners of the Japanese. They were taken prisoners in Hong Kong. He was Scottish and the manager of the British Ice Cold Storage Co. Helen Coleman was Canadian, Does anyone have any information about them?
   
   
Name: Kate
Location Brisbane, Australia
Email: pklucas@tpg.com.au
Website: www.angelfire.com/folk/ww1/agj.htm
Comments: A terrific site Peter. Not enough can be said about Prisoners of War and what they went through. My father was a POW in Japan and was in the 4th Anti Tank regiment. After 60 years his photos and writings can be seen by all.
   
   
Name: Cheryl Killen
Location Lakewood, USA
Email: cheryl.killen@multicare.org
Comments: Looking for any information regarding Col. Wade Killen USA Army 102nd Inf. who was POW in Philippines then sent to Manchuria, Mukden, at least part of the time. I know he spent most of the war as POW, and was able to come home. I would love to receive any information those might have. I am married to his son, and never got the chance to meet Wade. Thank you all in advance.
   
   
Name: John Deering
Location Enniskillen, N.Ireland
Email: pat.deering@btinternet.com
Comments: I am currently collecting as much information about family members who were engaged in the Second World War and I would be most interested to learn about him. I am most grateful for the responses so far. My information todate is as follows:- ALLAN G.D.[George Douglas b.1912 Accountant. Pte 13353 FMS Armoured Cars POW George or ‘Pop’ to friends and family came from Aberdeen. He survived the experience of Changi and the Burma Thailand Railway. He married Blanche Barnett a widow, who had been a prisoner in Sumatra, some of our family remember that she marched from camp to camp and one of them may have been called ‘The Hill Station’. Her first husbands name was Edward Percy Barnett and he died on 3rd April 1942 at:- BOKIT MARAJA ESTATE PEMATANG SIANTAR SUMATRA
   
   
Name: David Johnson
Location Harpenden, UK
Email: davidjohnson@dunelm.org.uk
Comments: I read your article on Stanley Pavillard with great interest - Stanley Pavillard was our family doctor in the Canaries for many years, he was a close friend of my parents, and I am still in contact with two of his daughters. I have very fond memories of Stanley, and of long summer afternoons around their pool! Just a few points - the Pavillard family were British citizens, but originally, I believe, from Switzerland. They were part - as was my mothers family - of a large British shipping/trading community which had built up in the Canary Islands from the middle of the nineteenth century, and were connected with the Elder Dempster shipping line, which ran from the UK to West and South Africa and South America - the Canaries were an important coaling station in those days. Stanley was the youngest of seven brothers, and also had a younger sister. After the war he married an Australian, Irene, and returned to Las Palmas in the Canaries where he practised medicine for many years, latterly in partnership with his nephew. He practised with unique style - he was always transported to house calls in an immaculate chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. He retired in the early 80s, by which time his eyesights was seriously deteriorating, something which he attributed to his privations as a POW. Stanley and Irene had three daughters (Linda, Anita and Sandra), and the younger two still live in the Canaries - in fact, Anita is the UK vice-consul in Las Palmas. Irene died in the early 90s and Stanley, who was by then almost totally blind, spent his last few years at St Dunstans home for blind ex-servicemen in Brighton. He died in 1997 and his obituary was published in the British Medical Journal, No 7110, Vol 315, on 20 September 1997. Stanley had been awarded the MBE for his work as a doctor in the POW camps. Hope this is of interest.
   
   
Name: Bill Flowers
Location Melbourne, Australia
Email: wflowers@bigpond.net.au
Comments: Congratulations to Peter for his coverage of a group of Officers who were unfailing in their work and dedication to the troops.Having spent my time in Changi for the 3.5 years, I would like to see the same coverage given to those marvellous doctors who unstintingly serviced tha area. Thanks Peter.
   
   
Name: Dawn Burr
Email: deburr@student.ecu.edu.au
Comments: Does anyone know where the 2/3rd machine gun battalion went to in Japan when they were working in the coal mines under the sea after they had finished the Burma railway?
   
   
Name: kaitlin ajduk
Location Carnamah
Email: ajy@westnet.com.au
Comments: I have been to Thailand with Peter and it was a great experience. I thought it was interesting and that was a fun day and we wont forget it. There were different people who went there and it was great for them too. We talked to POWs and we listened to them and we got along well.
   
   
Name: David Cooke
Location ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Email: davidcooke7@optusnet.com.au
Comments: In November 2005 I am travelling to the Burme railway with the a group and am really looking forward to the trip. Upon my return I will certainly post my opion to this website. Thank you for the oportunity of being able to attend. Regards David Cooke.
   
   
Name: Bill Coates
Location Canberra, Australia
Email: coatesfour@netspeed.com.au
Comments: Fascinating website and highly informative. As the grandson of one of the medicos in question, Sir Albert Coates, it is particular interest to me and other members of the family.
   
   
Name: Laurie Maddison
Location lynward66@hotmail.com
Email: lynward66@hotmail.com
Comments: I have been to this site many times since its inception but have somehow never got around to signing on. I know you will be getting together information on the K & L Force groups when you have the time. I do know that these were smaller groups of mainly medical personnel who were sent to Thailand to keep the coolies alive and working. My father, George Moser was a Sergeant, No 6969, in the FMSVF 3rd Field Ambulance. His Unit comprised Lt. Col GF West, CO; Major J Coutts-Milne 2 I/C; Capt. Robert Hardie MO; Captains Mackintosh, Emery, J.Mitchell, Kandiah and Abbas. Lieuts. l. Tutner, and J Daly QM died Chungkai 14th May 1944; Sgt Major A Robertson and Sergeants Dick, Dunk and Moser.I have managed to track their progress to the fall of Singapore and know that they left Changi for Kanchanburi 25th June 1943. There is unconfirmed information that he (they?) was, at some stage, with Weary Dunlop. Thereafter the trail is lost. I find this so frustrating and just about every day wish that more information would surface to help fill the gaps, although I realise that most of the men must have long been deceased. However, there must be some people, relatives maybe, who would have information which they can contribute. Peter, you are giving them a rare opportunity to tell the unknown story of these groups. I hope they find this site. Cheers and thankyou, Laurie
   
   
Name: Elizabeth & Fred Rixon
Location Perth, Australia
Email: elizabethrixon@westnet.com.au
Comments: To have travelled with John Parkes & Bill Haskell on the Remembrance Tour 2003 will remain one of the greatest priviledges of our lifes! To witness thier stories of deprivation & the grief they still bore for lost young mates,for seeing first hand the enormity of the railway construction under appalling conditions in almost impenetrable jungle. This journey was made possible by remarkable & dedicated people, including Peter Winstanley who have sought to bring recognition & to preserve for history the sufferings & the triumphs of those brave young men. We salute you & will dedicate our knowledge to our childrens children that they will never forget!
   
   
Name: Lance Scott
Location Perth W.A 6000, Australia
Email: ironside@iinet.net.au
Comments: I would be nice if other website providers, could work to your standards. Congratulations on this outstanding site
   
   
Name: Graeme Hammond
Email: ghammond@iinet.net.au
Comments: Peter This is a terrific web site, well done and keep up the good work All the best Graeme
   
   
Name: Pauline Dawson
Location Perth, Australia
Email: hiyah@iinet.net.au
Comments: 2nd 29th & all who did not return.lest we forget Thank you for this web.It will help to explain to my grandchildren what their Great-Granddad went through.My father was with F.Force and passed away 17 years ago,I often saw that haunted look that he could not hide.We had his ashes sent back to all his lost brothers in arms as was his last wish.I hope to take my young ones up to Hell-fire pass.Thank you again.
   
   
Name: Warren Glenny President DRA
Location CASTLE HILL, NSW
Email: warrenglenny@bigpond.com
Comments: Peter, Congratulations on the site and for keeping us aware of this dark period. We should never forget the sacrifices of our POWs
   
   
Name: Dana West
Location Hoffman, Illinois, usa
Email: vlwest@frontiernet.net
Comments: My Great-Uncle, Melvin Malandht was an enlisted crew member on the USS Houston when it was torpedoed during the Battle of the Java Sea. He was taken POW for the duration of the war. I want to find more info about the POW camp he was in and if there are any other survivors still living that may have known Mel. Thanks, Dana West US NAVY Vet
   
   
Name: Bert Lane
Location Perth, Western Australia
Email: bertlane@iinet.net.au
Comments: Well done Peter. With people like you doing what you do - these stories will never erode. Nor should they. Lest we forget
   
   
Name: Colonel David Dufall (Rtd)
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Email: davedufa@lox1.loxinfo.co.th
Comments: I have been associated in some way or another with the Thai-Burmna Railway and the POWs who toiled on the line since 1979 but more closely since 1990, then as the Australian Defence Attache to Thailand. Peter Winstanleys outstanding efforts in researching the medical aspects of those dreadful years has revealed details of the history of the line which all can follow in a user-friendly style. There can never be enough research of this nature.
   
   
Name: Mr.Beale
Location NSW, Australia
Email: emailstuff2000@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I am seeking photos, stories or general knowledge of the Naoetsu POW camp 4B Japan, where my Granfather (Fred Beale)and his brother (George Beale)were imprisoned after the fall of singapore. Two Aboriginal Brothers from Gunnedah in NSW. George died in the camp and sadly Fred passed in 1992 after long battles with war related illnesses. I also have pics some of the camp and the men. If interested please contact me.
   
   
Name: Douglas F Smith
Location northam, australia
Email: superscot22@hotmail.com
Comments: i remember helping to carry the AATTV banner in 2000 when we marched through fremantle to the museum.....it was a great plessure and we won too...
   
   
Name: Douglas F Smith
Location Northam, Australia
Email: superscot22@hotmail.com
Comments: i will always remember them ....
   
   
Name: Robert Likeman
Location Townsville, Aus
Email: likeman@austarnet.com.au
Comments: An outstanding work of reference and a valuable contribution to the history of WW2: well done !
   
   
Name: Andrew Corlette
Location Walcha, NSW, Australia
Email: corlette@northnet.com.au
Comments: An impressive web site and a credit to the authors/contributors. I learnt things about my father, Major Ewan Corlette that he never revealed to his children and also about other brave men such as Major Arthur Moon, who was my godfather, and others with whose names I had only passing familarity. As Australians, we are very aware of the legend of Weary Dunlop, undoubtedly a truly great man, but it is most gratifying to see other medicos from the Death Railway being afforded the recognition they so richly deserve. Lest we forget. I wish to thank Peter Winstanley for initiating the concept and for his research on my father. And thanks also to the surviving diggers who contributed their recollections.
   
   
Name: David Weymouth
Location WARRNAMBOOL, VIC, AUST.
Email: dapit_109@hotmail.com
Comments: An excellent tribute. My Father Don worked under LtCol Coates (2/4CCS) as a medic on the Burma Rail. Sadly passed away (though peacefully) in April 2003. He would have been proud of this magnificent effort.
   
   
Name: James .S.
Email: js42@ozemail.com
Comments: Very interesting, and very well presented.
   
   
Name: Sarah Freegard
Location Geraldton, WA, Australia
Email: smart1_64@hotmail.com
Comments: What an excellent website Peter. It brings back so many wonderful memories from when I was fortunate enough to take the Quiet Lion Tour 2004. Well done, and I look forward to seeing the continued growth of such a wonderful site.
   
   
Name: Kevin Bovill
Location Perth, Western Australia
Email: kbovill@iinet.net.au
Comments: Peter, this is a worthy tribute to all who suffered and died as POWs on the Thai-Burma railway. A tribute also to the spirit and determination of those who survived and are with us still. May we never forget the barbaric brutality of the Imperial Japanese Army of that era.
   
   
Name: Cailtin Wills
Location Perth, Australia
Email: caitybear65@hotmail.com
Comments: What a fantastic website Peter. It really does bring back a flood of memories from the ANZAC trip 2004, which I was fortunate enough to attend. I still remember our bus trips singing our patriotic songs proudly. Thank you for the wonderful experience. A great website and easy to follow and drive!
   
   
Name: Jan Foster
Location nee Denney Bridport, Tasmania
Email: jan.foster@education.tas.gov.au
Comments: Having spoken by phone, it was great to read your research. Well done, for trying to explain the work done by so many medical servicemen, in the bad times during their work on the railway. My father was there as a Medical Orderly and through his book The Long Way Home our family got to understand much more of his involvement with Weary and Ewan Corlette in particular. Great to read more from your work Peter. Well done and Thanks.
   
   
Name: John Tick
Location Perth WA, Australia
Email: tickje@git.com.au
Comments: Peter, Great little web page very interesting and informative. John
   
   
Name: Neil MacPherson
Location Mandurah, Western Australia
Email: macphersonbros@bigpond.com
Comments: A task and a challenge well met Peter, my contribution I hope depicts another aspect of those mere mortals that were also Gods to us, but who also shared our daily existence. Lt Col Eadie Melbourne Ear Nose & Throat Specialist, elderly to us then, who shared the same bug ridden bamboo slats, the lice, the same hunger, ill treatment yet was expected to provide us at Tanyin Burma with the miracle cure for all our illnesses. Capt Rowley Richards the young tyro, never letting up against a savage over lord, not only on the railway protecting the sick and administering to our needs, but on Jeep Island, Singapore taking punishment on our behalf from -the Jeep- a vicious jumped up Jap NCO in charge of us 600 POWs. Capt John Higgins, loved and respected on the Railway, -Cyclops- to us all, his care and devotion not only while sharing the month long journey to Japan, battened down in the sweat soaked hold of the Awa Maru, but always cheerful while administering to the daily needs of us young Coal Mine workers, wasted skeletons all living with a near use by date.
   
   
Name: Midge Carter
Location Perth WA, Australia
Email: midge@iinet.net.au
Comments: Peter Im sorry I did not sign this the first time. You have done a superb job here and I will continue to pass your site on to others. Trish and I found the 2004 QL Tour a most moving experience and I feel truly flattered that you were able to use so many of my photos. Im looking forward to the 2005 Tour.
   
   
Name: Kellie Blight
Location Perth, Australia
Email: kellie_ellie8@cutey.com
Comments: awesome site Peter! its great to see your dedication to the cause. the POWs were and still are inspirations to us all. anzac day in thailand 2002 will be in my mind forever! keep up the good work!
   
   
Name: John Adeney President Naval.Military & Air
Location Perth, Austraia
Email: john.adeney@csiro.au
Comments: Congratulations on producing a very comprehensive introduction to the Burma-Thailand Railway. The efforts and selfless determination of the medical personnel to support their fellow prisoners of war during captivity was marvellous and was done amongst the most awful working conditions, endemic disease and malnutrition.We will remember them
   
   
Name: Ray & Judy Firth
Location Perth, Australia
Email: rjfirth@westnet.com.au
Comments: Brings back memories, we were with you and others April 2001
   
   
Name: Barry John MAY (Revd) JP
Location Perth, Australia
Email: barry.may@police.wa.gov.au
Comments: Toured in April 2004 with wife Kath. Took part in Anzac service in Kanchanaburi War Cemetery. A very moving and spiritual experience including Hell-fire pass. A worth-while venture/tour, particularly with four ex-pows on tour with us.
   
   
Name: Rudi Christmann
Location Dachau, Germany
Email: RuR.Christmann@t-online.de
Comments: Hello Peter, Very interrest work about the 2nd WW in Asia.
   
   
Name: John Delgado
Location Perth, Australia
Email: terendak@iinet.net.au
Comments: As a veteran of another era (1962-84)this website is a deserving tribute. As the President of Perth Legacy it is a stark reminder of why Legacy exists. Many thanks, John
   
   
Name: Pat & Mick Bell
Location Geraldton, Australia
Email: teks@westnet.com.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for your hard work. Well done. For Mick and I your web page has brought back memories of an unforgettable jouney. We are still trying to comprehend the deprivations inflicted. The poem at the end of Neils address (Anzac day 2004) says it all.
   
   
Name: Christiane Arriëns
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Email: chrisarriens@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi Peter, this is a great web page! Well try to find the information you asked about the Dutch medical staff on the railway. Thanks for the good work, also on behalf of Foundation Friends of the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre.
   
   
Name: MURPHY
Location Albury, Australia
Email: john.murphy2@defence.gov.au
Comments: As Regimental Sergeant Major of the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps I have a working and mentor link to our medical past, of which POWs lacked in many ways for many reasons. This site brings some of the real struggles our fore-soldiers had to contend with. Well Done.
   
   
Name: Aaron Lambley
Location Mingenew, Western Australia
Email: lambley2@westnet.com.au
Comments: I had the pleasure of attending one of the quiet Lions Burma-Thailand railway tours this year and this website is truly a wonderful addition to the worlds knowledge of those events that occured
   
   
Name: Mike Miltimore
Location Land O Lakes, FL., United States
Email: LandM1@GTE.net
Comments: Well done!
   
   
Name: Glenn Holk
Location Roselawn Indiana, United States
Email: g.holk@mchsi.com
Comments: Very well written web page of a trying time in mens lives. Informative and well illustrated work. Thanks for presenting this to us.
   
   
Name: Jenny Mercer
Location Perth, Australia
Email: jgmercer@optusnet.com.au
Comments: A most interesting and informative site. The time and effort that has obviously gone into making these pages was well spent. Thank you.
   
   
Name: John Millard
Location Turramurra, Australia
Email: millards@ozemail.com.au
Comments: Thank you Peter for your considerable effort in creating this most respectful memorial that will be so accessible to so many. I am Dr Phil Millards son. Seeing things written about my dad that I hadnt heard before .... about his tough yet compassionate journey with all of you who suffered so harshly is a precious gift to me and no doubt my brothers and sister. I will show this to mum ...his wife Joan ... it wil mean a lot to her of course. Thanks .... John
   
   
Name: Jonathan Moffatt
Location Coventry, United Kingdom
Email: JonathanMoffatt@aol.com
Comments: Thanks for this website, Peter. It is a valuable contribution to the subject of the Thai-Burma Railway. There is much about Doc Pavillard in Ron Mitchells memoirs Baba Nonnie Goes to War and also about a Cockney medical orderly called Pinkey Riley -that name should make George Wiseman smile! Another Medical Officer Ron rated very highly was Captain Charles Pitt RAMC on the Tavoy Road in 1944.
   
   
Name: Lu Meredith
Location Perth, Western Australia
Email: merluton@wantree.com.au
Comments: As a personal acquaintance of Bill Haskell and having accompanied him on one of his many Anzac trips to Hellfire Pass and adjacent areas I acclaim your efforts in recording for posterity this terrible blot in our history. Thankyou for a job very well done.
   
   
Name: Don Gutteridge
Location Sydney
Email: dhgutteridge@bigpond.com
Comments: A sterling enterprise by Peter Winstanley(and his surviving subjects and the relatives/friends of departed heroes).This is a critical and defining period of Australian,British, Dutch, and even American history,both medical and military,and Peters work in pursuing the facts, and in establishing this website, has prevented much of this material from fading into relative obscurity.
   
   
Name: Mike Galvin
Location Perth WA, Australia
Email: mikegalvin@hotmail.com
Comments: Excellent web page. Very well done Peter. The events along the Railway during WW II should never be forgotten as they serve as moral, ethical and historical signposts for us all. Study of the whole episode provides lessons in Command, Leadership and survival like no other. All students, of all nationalities, should understand the Railway and learn from it.
   
   
Name: Andrew Mason
Location Melbourne, Australia
Email: mason@tlo.com.au
Comments: The Railway was a tragic piece of Australian and Allied nations history. There are so many men that encapsulate our word mateship - developed in Gallipoli and entrenched in the Pacific, how tough these fellas must have been. Thanks Peter for looking into these men as without this information they would not receive their rightful accolades. Well done.
   
   
Name: Hassan Saddiq
Location Bristol, England
Email: hassan.saddiq@royalmail.co.uk
Comments: Gone but not forgotten, men fighting for a REAL cause deserve the most respect and admiration.
   
   
Name: Geoff Jones
Location Brisbane, Australia
Email: jones@squirrel.com.au
Comments: One cant travel on the railway without sensing the spirit of those who suffered and died. This webpage is a fine tribute to their courage and sacrifice. Well done, Peter.
   

 

   
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