Japanese Registers of POWs WWII

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View the Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) and Civilian Internees held in Camps in Singapore during WW2 with Forces War Records

Original source: This collection is stored at The National Archives under the reference WO367. This is an indexed collection where the record image can be seen.

Collection Description: The records are contained in Japanese Registers of Allied Prisoners of War (PoWs) and civilian internees held in camps in Singapore, Second World War.This series comprises three registers which record the names of over 13,000 allied Prisoners of War and civilian internees of British and other nationalities during the Second World War. The registers give minimal information about each prisoner which may include registration card number and dispersal information. Although Japanese registers the majority of the information is given in English. The registers refer to camps numbered 1-4, the identity of these had not previously been established but it is now believed that these refer to: No 1 PoW camp - Changi, No 2 PoW camp - Serangoon Road Camp, No 3 PoW camp - River Valley Road Camp and No 4 PoW camp - Adam Road Camp. According to the findings of the Tokyo Tribunal, the death rate of Western prisoners was 27.1%, seven times that of POWs under the Germans and Italians. Please see our extensive FEPOW guide for further detailed information, HERE.

This collection is reproduced by courtesy of The National Archives, London, England. www.nationalarchives.gov.uk. The National Archives give no warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or fitness for the purpose of the information provided. Images may be used only for purposes of research, private study, education. Applications for any other use should be made to The National Archives Image Library, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First name(s)
  • Rank
  • Unit
  • Dates
  • Occupation (service or previous civilian).

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: This collection is stored at The National Archives under the reference WO367.

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