Sample documents

P.O.W. related

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Minister of the Army's notification of VX19910 Clifford Jenkins missing in action. Photo courtesy of B. Schirrmeyer (niece of VX19910 Clifford Jenkins) id no. B_SCHIRRMEYER_7

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Front of French P.O.W. registration document of VX17879 Ernest George Charles Murray after capture at Fort Merdjayoun, Syria. id no. NAOA_VX17879-11

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Back of French P.O.W. registration document of VX17879 Ernest George Charles Murray after capture at Fort Merdjayoun, Syria. id no. NAOA_VX17879-12

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Front of Japanese P.O.W. registration card of VX22043 James Hally Marshall in Java. This document has his correct date of birth; unlike his enlistment papers where he lied about his age in order to join up (a very common practice). id no. NAOA_32138132-1

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Back of Japanese P.O.W. registration card of VX22043 James Hally Marshall in Java. id no. NAOA_32138132-2

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Typical message sent home from P.O.W. camps. Often, these were delayed so much that the P.O.W. had died before delivery. The letter was vetted by the Japanese and no message was allowed through that implied any mistreatment of the P.O.W.s at all.

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Front of message in a postcard style sent home from Japanese P.O.W. camps (see below). Photo courtesy of B. Schirrmeyer (niece of VX19910 Clifford Jenkins) id no. B_SCHIRRMEYER_5

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Back of message in a postcard style sent home from Japanese P.O.W. camps (see below). Photo courtesy of B. Schirrmeyer (niece of VX19910 Clifford Jenkins) id no. B_SCHIRRMEYER_6

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A P.O.W. notification was far better for families than "Missing In Action".

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The telegram families wanted to receive.

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A family's worst fears realised. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_132

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Confirmation via Geneva. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_102

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Advice regarding forwarding personal letters to P.O.W.'s in Japanese camps. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_101

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Advice regarding broadcasting of messages to P.O.W.'s in Japanese camps. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_103

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Confirmation of broadcast of message to P.O.W. in Japanese camp. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_98

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Advice of a broadcasted message sent by the Japanese over Tokyo Radio regarding VX19910 Clifford Jenkins. Photo courtesy of B. Schirrmeyer (niece of VX19910 Clifford Jenkins) id no. B_SCHIRRMEYER_8

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Funds distribution to ex P.O.W.'s. Photo courtesy of L. Robinson (relative of VX18278 J. C. Robinson) id no. L_ROBINSON_104