The report from our ‘Legacies of Captivity’ conference, 9 – 12 June 2017, is now available to download here.
On behalf of the team, thank you to all of our wonderful speakers and delegates who made the weekend so memorable.
Veity Fitzgerald is a photographer, and her grandfather was a POW on the Thai-Burma railway. Take a look at her wonderful photo story here:
We are absolutely thrilled with the response to the conference launch…However, it does mean that we only have a few places remaining for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference. It’s all taking place in Liverpool, 9 – 11 June 2017…
Just some of our confirmed speakers include:
Jeya Jeyadurai (Changi Museum, Singapore)
Jon Cooper (TAAP)
John Cardwell and Emma Nichols (University of Cambridge)
Anne Wheeler (A War Story)
Stephen Walton (IWM)
Frank Taylor (Borneo tours)
Rod Beattie (Thai-Burma Railway Centre)
Flora Chong (ALPHA Education, Toronto)
It’s sure to be fabulous – don’t miss it!!! To make sure of your place, you can download a registration form here.
There are still places available for the 6th International FEPOW History Conference – but do send in your reigstration form as soon as you can!
A great range of international experts will be covering Singapore, Thailand, Borneo, exciting new digitisation projects, the effects of PTSD on veterans and their families and much, more more – we really do hope that you can join us for what promises to be another inspiring, moving and fascinating weekend.
‘For me a lot of the value in the RFHG conferences have been the small snippets of information & new ideas where to look – as well of course building relationships over time with people’ (Walter Tuttlebee).
We are delighted to announce that several new speakers have been confirmed for next summer’s 6th International FEPOW History Conference, held in conjunction with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Places are filling up, so please do book soon – and certainly by September! You can download a booking form here.
From Paul Murray, member of COFEPOW:
As well as attending the 75th anniversary commemorations for the Fall of Singapore next February, I intend afterwards to visit the Commonwealth War Cemetery at Yokohama in Japan and what remains of the POW camps on the northernmost island of Hokkaido where my father was held captive, namely Hakodate, Yakumo, Muroran, Nisi Ashibetsu, Utashinai and Akahira. His name was Major Francis J. Murray and, as well as being the senior British officer at the camps at Yakumo, Muroran and Nisi Ashibetsu between June 1943 and September 1945, he was those camps’ chief medical officer.
I would like to place a poppy remembrance cross at the graves of the 12 men who died on my father’s watch (download Roll of Honour). The list is not an exhaustive one and there may well have been other men who died during the period. One of the men’s remains I have not been able to locate. If any of the deceased’s relatives would like me also to place a small memento at their graveside or even simply to get in touch in advance of my visit, then please do email me. My address is email@example.com
Photograph courtesy of Paul Murray: Kamikoge Aerodrome, Chitose on the 13th September 1945 as Major Francis Murray prepared to leave Hokkaido
The Researching Far East POW History Group (RFHG), in partnership with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)
6th International Research Conference: Legacies of Captivity
9 – 11 June 2017
Call for Postgraduate Bursary Applications
What was the personal impact of captivity in the Far East during the Second World War? How did survivors rebuild their lives post-liberation? And where do families share and preserve their stories today?
Combining medical expertise with the most current research, this three-day conference will be aimed at: families of former POWs and civilian internees; professionals in the heritage sector; researchers, writers and the general public. Events running throughout the weekend will encourage audiences to reflect on the myriad ways that histories of captivity in the Far East have influenced individuals, families and communities.
We are inviting postgraduate researchers to apply for a bursary that will cover their full conference delegate fee.
There are three bursaries available. To apply, please submit a one-page (A4) proposal explaining how the themes of this conference relate to your current research, and the benefits to your project/career development in attending.
Note that successful applicants will need to arrange their own travel and accommodation – the bursary covers delegate fee only.
Completed proposals should be emailed to Dr Lizzie Oliver: firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 8 July 2016
Applications will be reviewed by Professor Geoff Gill, Dr Lizzie Oliver and Dr Bernice Archer.
A few links that may be of interest – particularly to those who saw Jon Cooper speak at our last conference.
The Adam Park book ‘Tigers in the Park is now available at:
Also updated are the Adam Park Virtual Museum:
and the Changi Virtual Museum
Our latest newsletter is now available online: RFHG Newsletter
This issue includes news on the launch of our next conference in July 2017 (download a registration form here: RFHC2017RegistrationForm), plus updates on FEPOW research projects, book updates and news on Cambridge University’s Changi digitistion project.
If you have any articles, project updates or news that you would like us to include in the next issue – contact us, we’d love to hear from you!