A tribute to the Far East Prisoners of War
On 15 August 2020 it was 75 years since Japan surrendered to the Allies, and the Prisoners of War, who had been incarcerated and brutalised since the Fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942, could begin to look forward to coming home.
The men who were so treated were part of the "forgotten army”.
On VE Day in May 1945, while Europe rejoiced, they were still working, barely surviving, on building railways and roads, digging coal from mines, or imprisoned in gaols like Changi and many others scattered over Japan and beyond, or travelling in inhumane conditions on the “hell ships” towards prison or work camp.
These men trickled slowly home; were often silent, but never forgot what they had suffered. Most never regained their full health. All, now, have left us, and leave families who still grieve and memorials which bear no names, because there are so many whose names are not known.
The publications (click on the links) have been created to remember them.
As we don't forget the FEPOWs, neither do we forget those who fought in the Far East Campaign in and beyond Burma. They too are part of the "forgotten army".
At the moment details of these Swaffham men are scarce.
Hopefully, we can, over time, find out more.
Swaffham Heritage August 2020