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Prisoners of War of the Japanese 1942-1945

Research and articles by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley RFD (Retired) JP. Stories of the POWs of the Japanese, including the Medical personnel who cared for them. The stories cover the POWs of Burma, Thailand (Siam), Burma-Thailand Railway, Sumatra Railway, Changi, Manchuria and Timor.

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre

The Thailand-Burma Railway Centre is an interactive museum, information and research facility dedicated to presenting the history of the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Australians at War

Includes hundreds of stories from Australians who have served in wars. From the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

 

Artworks

The Changi POW Artwork of Des Bettany

Over 300 images dedicated to Des Bettany who served during WWII with Lancashire gunners on 25 pounders. Evacuated from Dunkirk and posted to North Malaya he was imprisoned by the Japanese at various sites POW camps in Changi. He painted to keep his sanity. This artwork of his service life before and after the Capitulation of Singapore is a range of fascinating illustrations, done sometimes with humour.

The website has been put together Desí 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. After 60 years in a cupboard, at last, this artwork is available to all who have access to the internet.

 

Stories

Frank Larkin, 2/19 Battalion

An excellent site documenting the war time experiences of NX43393 - Frank Larkin of the 2/19th Battalion. Includes digital images of original letters, telegrams, postcards, Japanese currency, maps and relics. Also includes hundreds of historic and current day photographs.

Last updated 17/06/2020