Japanese POW camps

Discussion in 'War Against Japan' started by STEVEN, Mar 23, 2004.

  1. STEVEN

    STEVEN Senior Member

    Does anyone know how many POW camps run by the Japanese there were in total and where they were located.

    Are there any surviving records that tell us this and if there are such records,would they contain the names of the servicemen kept in them ??.

    Steven :unsure:
     
  2. David Seymour

    David Seymour Senior Member

    Steven,
    When considering FEPOWs I always recommend getting in touch with the wonderful people at COFEPOW (Children and Families of Far East Prisoners of War). They are always so helpful and knowledgeable. www.cofepow.org.uk

    They helped enormously when we commemorated Thetford Grammar School FEPOWs in November 2001.

    Regards,
    David
     
  3. STEVEN

    STEVEN Senior Member

    David.

    Thank you for that lead,i will most certainly try them.I wil let you know what they are able to tell me.

    Steven :D
     
  4. tonybushell

    tonybushell Junior Member

    The most authorative listing of Japanese POW camps and hellships is to be found in Prisoners of the Japanese in World War II by Van Waterford, a Dutchman who survived the sinking of the Junyo Maru in 1944 when 5,500 POWs - most of them Indonesian - perished. The book was published in 1994 by McFarland & Co, Inc, Publishers of Jefferson North Carolina and London.
    Regards,
    Tony Bushell.
     
  5. Blackblue

    Blackblue Senior Member

  6. ADM199

    ADM199 Well-Known Member

    Does anyone know how many POW camps run by the Japanese there were in total and where they were located.

    Are there any surviving records that tell us this and if there are such records,would they contain the names of the servicemen kept in them ??.

    Steven :unsure:
    Hi Steven,
    I have just finished extracting lists of Japanese camps,locations and Camp Commandants from a National Archives file. The same file also gives lots of information on Italian and German Camps.
     
  7. spidge

    spidge RAAF RESEARCHER Patron

  8. mike1000

    mike1000 Junior Member

    I have been researching my Great Uncle Horace Obed Page who died towards the end of the war in Japan. He is buried at the Fukoyama war cemetery. The best lead that I have been given to find out about where he was imprisoned and how he died was the Prisoners of War Network Japan. However, I have accessed their website and it seems that it is no longer active. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to find out more?
     
  9. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    There are some SOE files covering MASTIFF the operation to relieve camps in Burma, Malaya, Thailand java and Sumatra at the end of the war - they will contain int on the camps and possibly after action reports.
     
  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I have found this website to be the best for info on Camp names and locations. Sadly the man who ran this site died late last year, however, I do believe the the site still functions.

    POWs in Japan, World War II, POW Camps

    Good luck.

    Steve.
     
  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Mike,

    I was at the National Archives today and found Horace's Japanese index card, here it is attached. You may already have this information, if so apologies for repeating.

    I cannot help with translation but the members on FEPOW will sometimes kindly help with this. Try the Community group.

    Fepow Community

    Steve.
     

    Attached Files:

  12. mike1000

    mike1000 Junior Member

    Do you know how I can access this information from Singapore? Thanks. Mike
     
  13. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

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    Richard Lewis Member

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