The Prisoner of War No 39 Vol 4 July 1945

P h ones f o f War THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL O F THE PRISONERS O F WAR DEPARTMENT O F THE CRED R O SANDS ST- JO H WARN ORGAN IS A T ION .ST. JAM ES'S PALACE .LON DON.S .W .I Vol .4. No. 39. THE FINAL ISSUE July ,1945 Message ironi Field- **¦aM li aIL o r «ft Chctwode THIS is the last issue of “The Prisoner of War.” There is no longer any need for the journal since those who were prisoners or internees in Europe are now free and with few exceptions at home again. The Red Cross St.and John War Organisation rejoices that this piece of its work has been finished. No Editor, I am sure, ever saw his paper come to an end with such satisfaction as the Editor of “The Prisoner of War.” The flow of letters that has come from next of kin has told us how eagerly each copy of the journal was looked forward to each month. Time and again, mothers and wives have written to say that it has seemed to bring their dear ones nearer to them. I am certain that all who were prisoners and are now happily restored to their families will remember it as one of the best services which the Organisation has rendered. Their gratitude is a reward which we arc proud to have earned. To everyman who has been a prisoner, and to every family now reunited, I wish a future of abiding peace and renewed happiness. They will all Be mindful, I know, as arc we in the Red Cross St.and John War Organisation, that war still rages in the Far East and that men and women of our race arc held captive by the Japanese. There we still have work to do and for their next of kin we shall continue to produce “Far East,” the sister journal of “The Prisoner of War.” I am confident that we shall have the good wishes and the activc sup­port of all to whom, directly or in­directly, this journal has been a source of comfort during the three years of its existence. Edit edIT falls to meas Editor to make m y final farewell in this last issue of The Prisoner of War. A t the begin­ning of 1944 I wrote in these columns that the best New Year ’swish I could offer to all our readers was that before many months had passed they would no longer be our readers. That wish was fulfilled for some, as the repatria­tion ships came in during the year, but for many the eagerly awaited day was deferred until victory had been won. To-day there are moreno Kriegies, moreno letters from German camps and lazarets, moreno Red Cross par­cels— and moreno need for this journal. I cannot believe that any editor ever owed so much soto many of his readers. It has been on their letters, and those they received from their men in exile, that this journal has been built up. W e depended on them for most of the news and all the photographs of life in the camps that h we have published. “Far East ”will Continue Far East, our companion journal, which started on its separate existence near the beginning of last year, will outlive us. It will be published as and when information becomes available about the lot of those in the hands of the Japanese. Unhappily news in the past has been rare, and the services th a tit has been possible for the United Nations to render have been limited, irregular, and unevenly distributed. But everything that it is humanly possible to do is being done. The Governments, the Red Cross Societies, the Protecting Power, the International Red Cross Committee* and their delegates on the spot are leaving no stone unturned to bring succour to the prisoners. “Not Forgotten ”On other pages of this last issue appear articles b they heads of the various sections of the- Prisoners of War Department which have minis­tered to the many needs of prisoners in Germany and Italy .For all of them and their colleagues their work has been in the nature of a mission cheerfully and lovingly undertaken in the knowledge that they were not only succouring fellow -countrymen and women in exile but were helping them to realise that they were not forgotten b y those at home. F.M. Lord Chetwode. O.M. On this page appears a message from Field Marshal Lord Chetw ode, O.M .,the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Red Cross St.and John War Organisation. It is upon him ,as its supreme administrator, that the heavy burden falls of direct­ing and inspiring the manifold human activities of the O rganisation. Not the least of the reasons why hundreds of thousands have had cause to be grateful to the O rganisation for its work during these war years has been its "personal to fich .”Sir Philip Chetw ode crowned his brilliant career as a soldier b y this great mission for the men in the Forces. Our readers will join us in congratulating him upon the barony which the King has con­ferred upon him in recognition of his distinguished work for sufferers in this war. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS (See Pags 16)
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