Interesting article on the Imperial War Museum Blog
IWM Research Blog
Meg Parkes and Geoff Gill
Captive Memories, a new book by LSTM’s Honorary Fellow Meg Parkes and Emeritus Professor Geoff Gill, will launch next week at an event at the Liverpool Medical Institution. The book charts the history of LSTM’s longest running collaborative project involving Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW).
At the end of WWII, even before the men returned to the UK following the end of hostilities with Japan, LSTM’s then Dean, Brian Maegraith addressed a large group of their families in Blackpool in early September 1945, answering questions about the kind of tropical diseases and infections that the men may return with. On their arrival back in the UK, the men went their own way, but in early post war months many, especially those living in the north if England, found their way to LSTM, beginning the unique scientific and medical collaboration which is now in its seventh decade.
From 1967 onwards LSTM became the primary centre to carry out Tropical Disease Investigations (TDIs) for FEPOW. By this time hundreds of men had been under the care of LSTM and in the mid-1970s Dr Geoff Gill became involved in their care until the last TDI was carried out in 1999. The relationship with LSTM did not end there and out of this enduring relationship came knowledge which improved the diagnosis and treatment of some tropical diseases.
In 2007 Meg began a social history project and recorded interviews with 66 former FEPOW as well as some of their wives and widows, the culmination of which is Captive Memories. It charts the history of these survivors, remembered six decades after their release. It is a touching and personal account of their captivity, survival and the struggles, both physical and psychological, faced on their release. Each person interviewed is quoted in the book which provides a fascinating history underpinned with eyewitness accounts and personal perspectives.
Imprint: Palatine Books
Extent: 272 pages
Format: 243 x 169mm, with flaps
BIC code: HBWQ
Category: history/war/medicine Audience: general and academic
Pub date: 28 May 2015
Author: Meg Parkes & Geoff Gill
STANLEY INTERNMENT CAMP – REUNION & GATHERING Hong Kong
30 November – 6 December 2015
Following the highly successful reunion in 2011 Geoff Emerson, resident of Hong Kong, is organising another Stanley Reunion/Gathering this year. Geoff is the author of the book Hong Kong Internment 1942-1945: Life in the Japanese Civilian Camp at Stanley.
(Tentative Itinerary – as at 15 June 2015 – subject to change)
- 30 Nov. Monday Arrive & Check-in Hotel.
- 1 Dec. Tuesday 10:30 a.m. leave hotel. Welcome Lunch. After lunch, visit Stanley Military Cemetery.
- 2 Dec. Wednesday 10:00 a.m. Day in Stanley – St Stephen’s College; Lunch at the Correctional Services Club; after lunch, visit Stanley Prison grounds.
- 3 Dec. Thursday Free day. Evening – dinner hosted by George Cautherley.
- 4 Dec. Friday 10:00 a.m. Guided walk of Wong Nei Chong Gap battle site. Evening – Chinese dinner.
- 5 Dec. Saturday 9: 30 a.m. Visit to Hong Kong Observatory, Kowloon. Lunch – dim sum near the Observatory.
- 6 Dec. Sunday 9:30 a.m. Attend the Canadian memorial service at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery, Chai Wan, HK Island. Farewell lunch.
- 7 Dec. Monday Check-out of hotel
For full details and updates please contact G. C. Emerson
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Japan’s Mitsubishi corporation has made a landmark apology for using US prisoners of war as forced labour during World War Two.
A senior executive, Hikaru Kimura, expressed remorse at a ceremony in Los Angeles that prisoners had been put to work in mines operated by the firm.
Please see BBC News Article