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75th Anniversary of the Repatriation of Far East Prisoners of War #unitedkingdom #announcements #records


Jan Meisels Allen
 

During World War ll over 190,000 British and Commonwealth troops were taken prisoner by the Imperial Japanese Army. Many were held captive in the Far East and conditions were brutally harsh, including carrying out slave labor.

They suffered from malnutrition,  and diseases such as cholera, dysentery and malaria.

 

The75th anniversary of the return of first prisoners of war was October 7th, when the SS Corfu docked in Southampton, England. This marked the first of the return of 40,000 former Far East prisoners. 

There is a new website, https://fepow75.org.uk/ commemorating the return of these first prisoners of war.

 

Between 1942 and 1945 over 60,000 British, Commonwealth and Dutch prisoners were forced to work on the Thailand Burma “death railway” railway, enduring the most brutal and harsh conditions imaginable,

including long hours of intense heavy labor with minimal food and water, which led to over 16,000 of them perishing.

 

FEPOW 75 includes interviews with survivors, artwork created in the camps by POWs, stories, and links to resources. It is not a website where researchers can enter a person's name to find out if they were held prisoner.

 

If you enjoy bagpipes there is a two minute video on the site, where “Flowers O the Forest” is performed by Corporal Christopher Watt of The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland

 

Thank you to Gail Dever and her blog, Genealogy à la carte for informing us about this website.

 

Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee