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Thanks for visiting my website. Here you will find details and information about my experiences during the Second World War 1939-1945. There is also a photo gallery, a list of useful follow-up links, my blog and a guestbook. I have also added a section on how to research your family members who were in the forces during the second world war and who were imprisoned at various camps in many different countries.

You can follow the link on the left to my 'memoirs'. They were writen over the course of a couple of weeks at the beginning of 2008. My great-grandaughter who lives in Canada was involved in a school project where the children were asked if any of their family had experiences to share of the Second World War. The results of our 'chats' are now available for all to read.

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Japan raises POW hopes by opening wartime archives
Japan has raised hopes among British former prisoners of war they might receive a meaningful apology and even compensation from their former tormenters after it released a batch of documents from its secret archives.


Children of Far East Prisoners of War

A new Database has been created from 55,500 names of British POWs taken from army, navy and air force records details of Military Personel interned in Japanese Prison Camps.


1945 Cross W G (Sub Lt) Royal Navy official photographer

Please Visit the Imperial War Museum Website for further details and to carry out you own research.

Click HERE

On 15 August 1945, the war in the Pacific finally came to an end - VJ Day. To celebrate the 65th anniversary, there will be a number of events and activities across the UK.

The MoD are expected to arrange a commemorative service at the Cenotaph in London. Details yet to be provided.
National Memorial Arboretum

The Malayan Volunteers Group will hold a service of commemoration at 2.00pm. More details.
Fort Nelson (Royal Armouries), near Portsmouth

Between 10.00am and 5.00pm, there will be gun firings and presentations.
The Royal British Legion

We will include VJ Day in our Poppy Press newsletter sent to supporters and available online and it will feature in this year's Annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 13 November.


August 14th - Japan surrenders

August 15th - Surrender announced to the world

September 2 - Ceremony and formal signing of surrender

VJ Day marks the end of WWII, and the cessation of fighting against Japan. It is called "Victory In Japan Day or "Victory Over Japan Day".

The confusion over three dates:

There is some confusion over what date is V-J Day. You can consider any (or all) of three dates as V-J Day. President Harry S. Truman caused some of this confusion........

On August 14, 1945, the Japanese government cabled to the U.S. their surrender. This is the date of most modern observances.

On August 15, 1945, news of the surrender was announced to the world. This sparked spontaneous celebrations over the final ending of World War II.

On September 2, 1945, a formal surrender ceremony was held in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri. At the time, President Truman declared September 2 to be VJ Day.

As we approach VJ day I have compiled a list of websites that give research information on the experiences of those who experienced being a Prisoner Of War in Japan. This information will help in understanding why it is so important to have official recognition of VJ Day. Recognition for those veterans still alive, now only a few hundred in number, and more importantly for the memory of those who are not.



The Hogs Head Hotel Awsworth

If you are in area of the Nottinghamshire Derbyshire border a visit to the Hogs Head Hotel is worth the trip. They have special deals for members of the Forces and Veterans and special meal events. Click here to visit their website.

The Royal British Legion is my favourite charity. Please take a few moments to visit their web site by clicking on the poppy.

           Royal Signals Association
           Please click on the badge to go to the associations web site.

Please click on the banner to visit the National Memorial Arboretum web site.

Please click on the badge to left to visit the Far East Prisoner of War Community web site for more information.

COFEPOW is a Registered Charity ( Reg. No. 1074474) dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the Far East Prisoners of War and advancing knowledge of the suffering endured and sacrifices made by them during their years of captivity in World War II

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