Charlie Edwards’ detailed description of life as a POW, a period of time he shared with my father Frank Larkin. They were both prisoners of the Japanese during WW2.
Charlie Edwards, a friend of my father during the Second World War and after received a write-up in the Herald Sun today.
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.