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.
During my time in Singapore I visited the the Commonwealth War Graves site at the Kranji War Memorial a number of times.
Shao Ping and I visited Kanchanaburi and the Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand during October, 2003.
I have found six letters written by my father during the war. The first was written in January 1942, not long before his capture. The last five were written not long after his liberation.
My father sent six prisoner of war postcards during his internment as a prisoner of war. The postcards were sent to his family via the Red Cross. Prisoners of war were not able to write very much. Space was limited.
My father kept seven telegrams from the war years. Collectively they tell the story of his war experiences. They provide a chronology of the critical moments in his life as a soldier of the 2/19th battalion, AIF.