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WW2 Far Eastern Prisoners of War

Postby Sue Harris » Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:08 pm

During WW2 my father was a Far Eastern Prisoner of War captured at Singapore 15 February 1942. He was one of the many thousands used as slave labour on the Burma – Siam (Thailand) Railway. I would very much like to read about how these prisoners were found when the war ended. They were scattered across several countries, many being in the jungle. How did their rescuers know how to find them, and how were they cared for before being transported back to the UK.

Is anyone aware of any books or websites that cover this subject. Some guidance would be much appreciated.

Thanks, Sue
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Re: WW2 Far Eastern Prisoners of War

Postby Sylcec » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:59 am

The Australian War Memorial has a page which might serve to get you started: http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/stolenyears/ww2/japan/burmathai/.
I regret that I have forgotten the title and author of a book read maybe 10 or so years ago about me caught up as POWs on the railway. However, I have no doubt that much has been published. Suggest that you just google "thai burma railway" - you will get plenty of hits. This was an article in the UK Daily Telegraph in 2013 [url]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/10382906/Burma-Railway-British-POW-breaks-silence-over-horrors.html[url]
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Re: WW2 Far Eastern Prisoners of War

Postby worrals » Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:19 pm

My Grandad was a FEPOW and you might find the Children of Far Eastern POW's society helpful http://www.cofepow.org.uk/ and also http://www.tbrconline.com/
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Re: WW2 Far Eastern Prisoners of War

Postby JaneyH » Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:52 pm

I can't help much with your research, I'm afraid. One of my great-uncles served in the Far East in WW2 and was captured and taken prisoner of war, and worked on the Burma railway. He and a friend made a solemn pact that if he died and his friend survived, the friend would go back to England to take care of my great-uncle's wife and family. Sadly my great-uncle died, but - true to his word - his friend returned home after the war and eventually married my widowed great-aunt. I think it's such a wonderful story of wartime comradeship, trust and hope.


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