WW2 Far East Prisoners of War

http://www.cofepow.org.uk/index.htmlMy father fought in the Far East during WW2 and for a brief period was a prisoner of war so i was interested in the following website Children & Families of Far East Prisoners of War (COFEPOW).

Carole Cooper from Norfolk read a newspaper article in 1994 about a POW’s diary which had been auctioned and sold to an anonymous buyer. As Carole read more of the article she realised that the diary had been written by her father who had died in Burma whilst a POW. Carole tried to persuade the buyer that the diary should return to the family and she offered to buy it from him, but he refused. However Carole was not daunted and eventually she was given a photocopy of the diary. Reading it was traumatic, but answered lots of questions for her.

From the discovery of the existence of the diary has grown the COFEPOW website which is a must for those family historians who have Far East POW’s in their family. A campaign was launched to raise funds to build a fitting memorial to honour the men who lost their lives and also to those who survived. The Far east Prisoners of War Memorial Building was opened in 2005.

Essential website for research into this harrowing subject.


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