Margaret Martin secretary of Java FEPOW
Club 1942: "I never met Jim Haines but he did write a few times to us, and you can tell he was very proud of being in the RAF and of being a FEPOW
Myself and colleague Meg Parkes, both researchers at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), have now published a second book about the School's collaboration with FEPOW
(13) To prevent the FEPOW
experience from seeming everyday, Wells edges around or otherwise 'encircles' it, imparting a sense of significance through this act of hesitancy.
Another Java FEPOW
, Professor Emeritus Leslie J Audus, the 93-year-old author of Spice Island Slaves, has written the book's foreword.
It is a tragic paradox, that although more was done for PoWs in 1945 than ever before, the group who most needed help, the Far Eastern Prisoners of War (FEPoWs
) received precious little.
One in four men held in the FEPOW
camps died in captivity.
In previous years the FEPOW
community has encouraged and helped to organise remembrance services of this kind.
Providing that the FEPOW
and his wife were married at the date of his death, there is eligibility despite the widow having remarried.
* To donate, send a cheque payable to 'Researching FEPOW
History', with 'memorial' on the back to: Mike Parkes, 34 Queens Rd, Hoylake, Wirral CH47 2AJ or go to www.researchingfepowhistory.
motto is: 'To keep going the spirit that kept us going'
Home again - at last "IT'S wonderful to be home!" said our front page headline of Tuesday October 9, 1945, as the Monowai hospital ship brought home 849 Far East prisoners of war, including three Liverpool men whose families the Researching FEPoW
History Group would love to hear from.
Professor Geoff Gill, FEPoW
education project leader at the Tropical School of Medicine, said: "Malaria and dysentery were the most common problems PoWs came back with, but the Strongyloides worm was a major problem that lasted in prisoners over many years.