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War Time Memories

Discussion in 'WWII (1939 - 1945)' started by Philb-c, Mar 1, 2017.

  1. Philb-c

    Philb-c Well-Known Member

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    What is nice (from an historical point of view) is a letter from the Red Cross to his wife advising that they are still trying to discover his "status" from his captors and not to give up hope.
     
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  2. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Oh, wow. That makes hairs stand up on my neck even now.
     
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    As with anyone else who went to war (other than constantly saying "don't waste food") he wouldn't, or couldn't, discuss it.
     
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    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    My Dad served in Burma, but not as a PoW - I'm currently searching regimental archives. A friend was held captive by the Japanese, however - and it was something he never talked about during his lifetime (he died not long ago).
     
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    Philb-c Well-Known Member

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    BH, we need an "acknowledge" button (as opposed to "like") for posts such as these - "like" seems inappropriate.
    I'm sure you know what I mean.
     
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    We seem to have lost the opening post on this one.

    I was relating the difficulty sometimes in obtaining full information on WW2 servicemen and citing my late father-in-law who was a POW for four years and working on the Burma railway.
     
  7. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    We've started a new thread all of our own!

    It was quite a revelation when I obtained my father's records. He'd been sent home from Burma and transferred to a PoW camp, presumably as a guard. He never told me that.

    He was hospitalised thirteen times in Burma with malaria. When he was sixty years old, he had malaria again... it resurfaced.

    The heat in the jungle was unbearable, Dad once told me - he being a red-haired young lad from Wales. Everyone else stripped to the waist. "Not you, D," he was told. "You keep your shirt ON, and that's an order."

    I notice you're in Dorset, Phil. One of the archives I'm currently exploring is at the Keep in Dorchester. Very helpful people there.
     
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    Our own private thread BH :).
    Dorchester, only about 30 minutes away if you need me to pop over there ?
    BH, North West England - anywhere near Sankey by chance ?
     
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    Thank you, Phil. I shall bear that in mind. :)

    (Sankey is about thirty miles from here, I think).
     
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    My Dad was also in Burma and similarly never talked about it. After he died we discovered, with his medals, his "mention in dispatches" along with the Arakan campaign book. Unfortunately he only gets a mention at the beginning so I don't know what he did to deserve the award.
     
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    To have survived Burma deserves an award at the very least !
     
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    @Londoner have you got his service record as that might yield some clues
     
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    Not yet. I am waiting to get his death certificate from my sister. If she can't find it I will have to send off for one!
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    What about the 'London Gazette'? He quite possibly had mention made there.
     
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    It's there but with no details.
     
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    Might there be something in a local newspaper about what he did to be 'mentioned in dispatches'?
     
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    Ooh forgot about the Gazette. My granddad got a mention in there but the info on what he had done was with his service records so worth checking both
     
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