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“To remember them is to honour them”

MegWelcome to the Researching FEPOW History (RFH) Group’s website and blog. The RFH group was founded in 2005 with the aim of bringing together all those interested in researching Far East POW history, a still little-known aspect of WWII history.
We do this by organising conferences approximately every two years. Details of events held to date can be found by selecting the “Conferences” Menu Item above.  Up to 75% of our audience are family historians; the remainder comprise professional and academic researchers, students, authors and historians.
We attract leading authorities from around the world to share their research into Far East captivity during WWII. Please share your interest in this history with others who visit this website or who attend our conferences. We hope we may welcome you to the next one.

Meg Parkes MPhil
Chair
RFH Group

 

“…the Researching FEPOW History Conference plays an extremely important role in maintaining an interest in FEPOW history, encouraging good quality academic research and fulfils the duty of acknowledging and appreciating the men and the sacrifice that was made by the FEPOWs and ex-internees.”

Mr Jeya Ayadurai
Director of the Changi Museum, Singapore

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  1. Hi.
    My grandad Harry Scotter was in Changi prison at the end of the war possibly 4th or 6th Battalion Royal Anglians
    How could I find out more information about him
    Regards Howard

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  2. My father was in Changi from 1942 to 1945 he wrote an account (mainly for his family and friends) of his time there. He also illustrated this with his own sketches. I would be happy to share this with anyone who is interested in Changi.

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    • Hi Sarah.
      I am putting together a piece on our local Methodist Minister (deceased) Revd Robert Pridmore for the Local History Society and possibly a County Local History Magazine. He was in the 6th Royal Norfolks, part of the 18th Division, arriving in Singapore days before its surrender. Taken prisoner on 16th Feb 1942 he was moved to Changi on 20th Feb. Leaving on 7 November to work on the Railway. I would be interested in looking at your father’s account and sketches and possibly using them to help illustrate the conditions and situations that Revd Pridmore refers to.

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      • Sarah Many thanks for your fathers book. I have just finished reading it only pausing in the middle of the morning, long after I should have been warm in bed. You must be justifiably very proud, it is a very well written and interesting book which I very much appreciate your generosity in sharing. Reading accounts like this is very humbling for our generation who hear only snippets of what our parents went through (my parents were children in the air-raid shelters of Hull and Wakefield). And, I remember the anger and horror of one of our neighbours in our tiny village (Lowdham Grange, Notttinghamshire), when the older teenage boys were buying Japanese Motorbikes in the early 1970’s. Even before this reminder he had remained haunted by memories all of his life and people used to say in hushed tones that he hand been held prisoner at the hands of the Japanese – but no one locally really understood . I hope that he found peace.

        Many thanks again.

        Jeremy

        web: turnthepage.me

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  3. could anybody help me with my fathers records i did start research last year but had a stroke and had to stop i have only just started to do a bit more but still have a long way to go,

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    • I would very much appreciate some help and advice from you,i am so mixed up over things about my dad,over the past few days i have watched the Belford Boys on tv and the morpeth fepows,my dad was in the northumberland fusiliers,i have 2 records for him one says missing in malaya,the next he is in thailand,his army number is 4276311,,,

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      • Hi Anne, if you let me know your fathers name I will try and find some information about him

        The 9th battalion Northumberland fusiliers became part of the 18th Div.
        24th October 1941 the 9th Btn. sailed for Halifax aboard the ‘Warwick Castle’ from Liverpool. Arriving in Halifax they re-embarked on the American troopship the ‘USS Orizaba’ After a long hot journey via the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Capetown they arrived in Bombay for training before setting sail again for Singapore in late January 1942 to join the 11th Indian Division.

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      • hello my dad was also on the burma railway,i did get a few bits of information but i then had a stroke so was unable to continue,i rang Kew about copies of his records and they wanted £700,money i did not have,i was then advised to go to Kew where i could photostat the info myself but i live in north east,so that was impossible.i would love some info,

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      • Thanks, soon! All of the sudden there’s lots of people who have been through the same thing…

        Sent from my iPhone

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  4. My Father was Peter HR Neithercott and was a POW in Burma.
    A Native of Brixton, U.K. he passed away in 2010 in Tucson AZ USA
    He never wanted to talk about it either.
    After watching The Railway Man
    and reading Eric Lomax’s book
    I have even more respect for what all the FEPOWs endured.
    If you know anyone involved please don’t let the story be forgotten.
    God Bless them All!
    Any comments are welcome
    at pnbond@aol.com
    PS You haven’t seen the movie or read the book please do

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