Chil­dren & Fam­i­lies of Far East PoWs

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cofe­ PoWs in the fu­ture. A sim­ple sur­name search pro­duces a list of matches – click on a name and per­sonal de­tails ap­pear in­clud­ing ser­vice num­ber. The site’s team is now work­ing on pho­tograph­ing and up­load­ing 30,000 lib­er­a­tion ques­tion­naires com­pleted by re­turn­ing Bri­tish FE­PoWs. “For me, an ab­so­lute ‘go to’ web­site for those want­ing to know more about the plight of Far East PoWs is re­search­ingfe­powhis­tory. It is also a great in­tro­duc­tion to ‘who’s who’ in what has be­come the FE­PoW com­mu­nity and a way of keep­ing in touch with what is go­ing on. The web­site an­nounces and records events where veter­ans, fam­i­lies, re­searchers and au­thors are present and speeches made – a par­tic­u­lar fea­ture is its con­nec­tiv­ity to other re­sources. One such is to Chil­dren & Fam­i­lies of Far East PoWs (see below left), a char­ity formed in 1997 by Carol Cooper af­ter read­ing by chance in a lo­cal news­pa­per of her father’s PoW di­aries com­ing to light. The ‘Re­search Cor­ner’ that she has cre­ated gives quick ac­cess to vast amounts of in­for­ma­tion now ac­cu­mu­lated, as well as to fur­ther con­nec­tions of in­ter­est. Th­ese re­sources area a fit­ting trib­ute to Far East PoWs.”

Al­lied pris­on­ers of war at Ao­mori near Yoko­hama, Ja­pan, cheer as US Navy res­cuers bring food, cloth­ing and med­i­cal sup­plies in Au­gust 1945 The Re­search­ing FE­PoW His­tory site is ex­pert Peter Fyans’ choice

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