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Archive for the ‘ Prisoner of War ’ Category

Message from Thailand-Burma Railway Centre
August 29th, 2007

I received a thoughtful email from Terry Manttan at the Thailand-Burma Railway Centre. His email reads as follows…

“Hello John

I just came across your web site and found another interesting personal story of the railway.
I am not sure if you got to visit our Museum when you came to Kanchanaburi in 2003 as we had only opened in January of that year and were not well known. We are located next door to the main War Cemetery in town and are now getting around 90,000 visitors per year including quite a number of ex PoW railway workers and many of their relatives, mostly from the UK, Australia and Holland.

Attached is a little introduction and you can also have a look at our website, listed below.
We would be grateful if you would consider adding a link to our site on yours as another means of helping connected people find where they can come for information.
Thanks for your efforts in helping keep the story alive.

Best regards


Terry Manttan
Centre Manager
(Next to the main Kanchanaburi War Cemetery)
73 Jaokunnen Rd.,
Ban Nua,
Kanchanaburi, 71000

I shall add this web site to the links page on my web site. The web site is most informative and well illustrated. It also includes a rich set of links and resources.

Memories at old Ford Factory
May 6th, 2007

Last year I visited the new museum at the Ford factory in Singapore. This was the site of the British surrender to Japan in February 1942. The museum has an excellent web site that is worth visiting. It is a beautifully designed web site. It is still developing however the overall look and feel is superb.

Historical sites added to home page
May 5th, 2007

I added five galleries of photographs taken at various points in Singapore and Southeast Asia during 2001 ~ 2005. The photographs were taken in Kanchanaburi, Thailand and three points in Singapore: Kranji War Cemetery, Labrador Park and the Ford Factory Museum. I also added a gallery of photographs taken at the ANZAC Day dawn service at the Commonwealth War Graves in Singapore.

Long time no activity
April 16th, 2007

I shall try and get back into this. I have not been active on this blog and the Prisoner of War site for a year now. I added a ‘htaccess’ file to the directory to block referrer spam. The referrer spam was also affecting my home page. I will have to keep an eye on both sites.

The Grim Glory
May 7th, 2006

The official history of my father’s battalion, the 2/19th AIF has been recently republished. It is entitled The Grim Glory. It is in its third edition. I hope to obtain a copy soon. I am curious to read the revisions. There are photographs of the book launch here on the ADF web site.