Far East, No. 9, Vol. 1, August 1945

2 Far East Aug st,u 1945 tions, through the Swiss Government, in getting Japan to pass on supplies of vitamin tablets, penicillin, iodine, etc., to Indian P.o.W No.s Camp Address A wife at Newport (Mon.) has had a cheery 25-word card from her husband —the first for over two years— bearing no camp address and dated 9/8/44 .In it he says that he is "receiving letters.*' His wife thinks that this piece of infor­mation “will give renewed hope to people who haven't heard for avery long tim e." She has never had a camp address to write to. She sends c/o the Japanese Red Cross, and evidently her letters are reaching their destination. A Colonel's wife living at Sandgate writes to the same effect. His card said: “Quite welland cheerful. letters up to January, 1944, received." Malaya to Mauritius Included in my recent mail was a letter from a grateful reader in Mauritius. Since she left Malaya, "which is still our home, since our dear ones are there," three years ago* she has had two cards from her husband, a civilian internee in Singapore. "From what he says/' she tells me, "life seems to be not so bad in the camp, and the internees are in very good spirits/' This journal is "areal godsend "to her and makes her feel that "so much interest is being shown both to our prisoners and to us, that it is a•real comfort "Not Really Complaining! Another letter of thanks came tome from a wife at Capetown of a P.o.W .in Java ("so far as I know ").She looks forward eagerly to receiving "Far East "and so do all her relatives." I do appreciate all the Red Cross has done for ray husband's welfare/’ she writes. So, too. does a Reading reader, who, however, wishes that we could have given a little information about Thailand in our last issue. But he adds:" I know you are doing your best, and I'm not really complaining." And to prove it he encloses a donation. Changes of Address The experience of the authorities in India shows that the first interest of prisoners of war recovered from Japanese hands is news of their next of kin, but communication is handicapped because in a number of cases changes of address are not notified immediately a move occurs. Next of kin of all personnel who are prisoners of war in Japanese hands are reminded therefore that they should notify their present address, together with the last reported location of the P.o.W .concerned, to the appropriate authorities. Future changes of address should be similarly notified immediately they occur Photo by CourUsy o f AMERICAN RED CROSS Hundred-man units of medical sup­plies that are being sent to the Far East in additiou to bulk scale described on page 1. All supplies are on a pool-ing basis and though these medical units have been packed in the U.S.A., they are for British Commonwealth and American prisoners alike. Tokyo Camps A reader who has a relative in No. 7 Despatch Camp, Tokyo, has written to ask why no mention has been made of this camp in the Camp Reports that we have published. The answer— and it applies tc other camps as well— is that the camp has, sofa* as we know, not been inspected. Tt maybe that condi­tions in all camps in the Tokyo Group were, to some extent, similar to those of Omori (another camp in the same group) at the lime of its inspection. Conditions in Omori were described on p. 6 of our May issue. Relief for Siam An eighth consignment #of relief for British P.o.W .sin Siam was made by the Swiss Consul at Bangkok on May 13th and June 5th this year. The goods included food, toilet articles, cigarettes and tobacco, medicines, boots and shoes, cotton singlets, pullovers and towels. Baffled Efforts c Such appreciation is all the more wel­come because we are only too conscious of the extent to which our efforts are bailled by the Japanese refusal to co­operate. I know that the great majority of our readers are fully aware that no stone has been left unturned to ease the lot of our prisoners, and they will be assured by the statement of Colonel Mackenzie— fresh from Rangoon Gaol— (seepage 3) that their men over there know that they are not forgotten or neglected. FACTS ABOUT FUKUOKA A N t'M B E R of readers have written asking for any information we can give them about the Fukuoka camps on the island of Honshu and of Kyushu, with special reference in some cases to the reported bombing of Fukuoka on June 19th. The following particulars are taken from the report of a visit paid to the camps in April, 1943 (seeThe Prisoner of War, October, 1943): —"Buildings are usually of wood or a combination of wood and plaster. "Food consists mainly of rice, barley, vegetables and bread, with meat arid fish from time to time. "Bathing and hygienic arrangements are very satisfactory. The P.o.W use.s large baths of the Japanese type. “Medical care, is well organised with infirmaries for lighter cases and a hos­pital for the graver cases. Weekly medi­cal inspections. Dental treatment. "Fit O.R. prisoners work nine hours a dav— with three rest days each month. "Sports grounds have been provided, but the length of the working day leaves little time for sport. "The prisoners have some books and gramophones. 4 4 In one of the camps (Omine) the P.o.W are.s comfortably housed in wooden two-storey buildings on a sunny hillside. The rooms arc clcctrically heated. "In another (Higashimisome) they are in spacious wooden, huts in a pleasant coast district." Reccntly-received postcards from the camp were posted at the beginning of the year. They agree instating that Christ­mas went very well. "Also received Red Cross parcel," writes an R.A .S.C .driver to his wife. "Fit as can be expected," writes another, "Feeling O.K. Food not too bad. Received mail from you. '*•*¦<**<*<4 A NAAFT canteen assistant acknow­ledges to his brother the receipt of 17 letters.^-As to the bombing of Fukuoka, we have received no detailed information, but it maybe outpointed that the ad-.ministrative headquarters are in the town while, so far as we are aware, all the camps in the group are situated some distance outside Fukuoka. FLASHES FROM MALAYA Here are a few illuminating flashes from postcards (dated 9.8.44) received from P.o.W .sin Malaya: To his Fianc&e at Cambridge :Re­ceived mail up to January, 1944. Prepare home. Health super. Still cooking. A Chaplain to his Wife at Harlech :Received many letters. Food consists mainly polished rice. Not bored. Daily services, meetings. Built church. To his Parents at Bum oldswick .Still cheerful. In good health. Re­ceiving your mails regularly. Plenty of entertainments.
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