Far East, Companion Journal to The Prisoner of War, Vol. I, No. II, November 1945

12 I ar Hast November 1945 To Help You Release from the Services A T sometime during his 42 days' jljl leave but not during the lirst 14 days every repatriate is called up (or a medical board. He is then asked whether he wishes to be released from the lorces. Before demobilisation application can e t made togo to a Civil Resettlement Unit. These Units have been formed specially for ex-prisoners of war and are designed to help them to settle down happily in civilian life once more. Attendance is entirely optional. A de­scription of life in a Resettlement I nit is given in an article "Bridging ”the Gap on page 9 of this issue. Invalid Foods If a repatriated vited by letter telephone orin person to the Secretary Comforts Collections Committee 54 Victoria Street London, S.W .i (Telephone Victoria 3945). Men are asked to bring a War Office chit or some other evidence to show that they are repatriated prisoners of war. Housing Priorities After Release The families of ex-prisoners of war who have recently returned from places abroad to which they were evacuated during the war rank with bOmbed-out families for housing priority. (This of course is only in cases where they have no undamaged home to which to return.). A repatriate in PLEASE NOTE P.o.W.'s docu­mentary record or a responsible doc­tor says that he needs invalid foods which cannot easily be obtained p m n H Hun can be made to the local Red Cross Welfare Officer. She may supply invalid foods out of the Red Cross emergency stores at her own discretion or according to the neces­sity oi each individual case. Musical Instruments A limited number of musical instru­ments are available to ex-prisoners of war from the Far East who are profes­sional musicians and who are finding difficulty in obtaining necessary instru­ments. «Those who wish to avail themselves of this offer "should apply giving full par­ticulars together with a written guaran­tee that the instrument is for their per­sonal use. The address is:— Indoor Recreations Section British Red Cross St.and John War Organisation 217 Knightsbridge S.W.i. Those living near London are asked to call rather than write. Clothing Without Coupons A certain amount of second-hand clothing is being given awav by the Red Cross free of coupons to repatriates from the Far East. Applications are in- The Far East Section of the British Red Cross Societys Prisoner of War Department is still at 9 ,PARK PLACE LONDON S.W.L Telephone Number REGENT 0111. plicants already on this position may have his name listed as requiring accommoda­tion with the local housing author­ities and the ap­plication will then betaken in rota­tion together with other priority ap- the list. As at present arranged the final issue of Far East will be published about Christmastime. The Returned Prisoners of War Advice Committee at 72 Victoria Street Lon­don S.W .i is able to give advice and assistance upon almost any problem con­cerning employment training businesses, pensions clothing coupons and other questions that may arise after the re­patriate has been home for a short time. Even if immediate advice is not possible, the Committee can put the repatriate into touch with the appropriate Govern­ment Department voluntary society or other organisations which will be able to help him. Advice on housing how­ever cannot be given. A limited number of returned officer prisoners of war are eligible for free tem­porary membership of a London club. Particulars of this maybe obtained from the Chairman of the Returned Prisoners of War Advice Committee Major Sir Jocelyn Lucas Bt. M.C. M.P. at the same address. Any difficulty in family or domestic matters can often be solved by the Soldiers Sailors and Airmens Families’ Association Head Office: 23 Queen Anne's Gate London S.W .i. S.S.A.F.A. has a local representative inmost towns who will give helpful advice in cases of difficulty. After demobilisation an ex-Service- man may find that he wishes to join the British Legion. Enquiries can be made locally or at British Legion Headquar­ters Cardigan Lodge Richmond Hill, Richmond. KitifMix t heap (Continued from page 9) This position is usually held by a woman with considerable inexperience welfare and personnel work. She can advise on every conceivable problem— family domestic or otherwise— con­nected with the change-over from Army to civil life. Medical advice too is available. Not all the repatriate's time by any means is occupied with the serious ques­tion of his future career. He spends many hours pleasantly in the workshops, where there is a choice perhaps of car­pentry draughtsmanship metal-work or bricklaying. It has been found that many are amateur craftsmen in crone other of these trades. No tuition is given but experienced staff give guid­ance to the amateurs while the real craftsman by trade can get his hand in ready for his peacetime occupation. Films both educational and purely entertaining are frequently shown in the evenings. Many of the best films of the past five years have been picked so that the repatriate will not beat a disadvantage among his friends at home, who have had a chance to see them while he has been in a prison camp. Shows are given by E.N.S.A. and on a recent Sunday evening at Hatfield the entire caste of the Windmill Theatre, London came down to entertain. IJVEIIPOOL W KIIO M E (Continued from page 5) confectionery. More cigarettes are avail­able at the Red Cross hut in the camp, wherein exchange for their card each man can take his pick of comforts. Woollens of all sorts including socks, scarves and gloves shaving tackle and other articles are given away by Red Cross welfare officers. All are agreed that the most popular issue of all is pyjamas— a luxury none had seen for many years which will be much appre­ciated during the coming winter. Later when the men have received clothing coupons ration cards (double rations for 42 days) and a railway warrant they are ready togo. Anil Red Cross officers assist them on every stage of their final journey home. i'TO OUR READERS This journal is being sent to the next of kin of prisoners of war and civilian in­ternees in the Far East theatre of war. W e are also sending the journal to all those who are registered in the appropriate department of the Red Cross Stand John War Organisation as next of kin of Missing. They must not however assume because they receive the journal that their relative are prisoners of war. Printed 11 t Britain for the Publishers. The Rf.d Cross ani 8t. John War Organimation. 14 CroBYenor Crescent London 8.W. by The Cornwall Press Ltd. Paris Carden Stafford Street London S.E.l.
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