My father had kept a number of photographs that were taken during the war years. There is also a photograph taken by the Imperial Japanese Army of my father while he was a prisoner.
These are relics from Frank’s time in the army. They include personal possessions that Frank always kept during his time as a prisoner of war.
My father collected a number of official photographs after the war. I am not sure of the source. Perhaps the photographs were obtained from 2/19th Battalion Association or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
During 1942 my father Frank was incarcerated in Pudu Gaol, Kuala Lumpur. He was a guest of the Japanese Army after his capture during the Battle of the Muar in January, 1942.
Recently the National Archives of Singapore opened the Memories at Old Ford Factory exhibit in Singapore. This is the site where the allied forces under the command of Lt. Gen A. E. Percival surrendered to to the Imperial Japanese Army on the 15th February 1942.
On ANZAC Day 2003 I attended the dawn service at Kranji War Memorial Singapore. Both the Australian and New Zealand high commisioners spoke at the service.
I had the good fortune to visit Pulau Sejahat while I was living in Singapore. It was designed to protect the Straits of Johore and the naval facilities at Sembawang from enemy attack.
I had the chance to explore the tunnels beneath Labrador Park with my good friend Jaya and students from the Singapore Armed Forces Training Institute one day.