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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.

Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association Inc.

To perpetuate the memory of the privations and sacrifices of Australian and Allied prisoners of war and the selfless dedication of the medical personnel during the construction of the Burma Thailand Railway by informing current and future generations through all forms of education and particularly with the Annual Quiet Lion Tours to the Burma Thai Railway; the River Kwai; the Three Pagoda Pass; Anzac Day at “Hellfire Pass" and Kanchanaburi War Cemetery.

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 Film Archive

Records the stories of over two thousand Australian war veterans, representing every conflict in which Australia has been involved from World War I up to and including the present day. The Archive is a repository of memories, experiences, and stories, told by the people who were there. From the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Australians at War

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

Department of Veterans' Affairs Publications

Commemorative publications of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Laden, Fevered, Starved - The POWs of Sandakan, North Borneo

A publication of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

Department of Defence - Army History Unit

Promoting the study and understanding of Army's history and traditions

 

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 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. After 60 years in a cupboard, at last, this artwork is available to all who have access to the internet.

 

Stories

Interview with Ray Brown

Ray Brown, a member of "B" Company, talks about his experiences as a soldier fighting in Malaya and Singapore, and his part in the ambush at Gemencheh bridge. This is a transcript of an interview shown on the ABC program, Four Corners, broadcast on Monday March 11, 2002.

See also the No Prisoners  home page and the full Full Transcript of the program.

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.

Elliott McMaster, 2/20 Battalion

This is the true story of Elliott McMaster's service with "A" Company, 2/20th Battalion, 8th Division A.I.F. during World War II.

Last updated 04/01/2014