Whilst incarcerated, some FEPOWs used art as a means to document their experiences in the camps. The production of this art was risky, as keeping any form of records was strictly forbidden, and so the fact that some of it survives today is testament to the ingenuity and resilience of the FEPOWs.
LSTM is partnering with the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery and Museum to bring this remarkable heritage to the public through an exhibition in 2019-2020. To get involved or find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
They were transported thus… crayon drawing by FEPOW Lt C. Johnson USN (courtesy Duncan family)
Saline irrigation procedure, painted by Jack Chalker, Thailand, 1943 © Chalker family
Medical staff huts, Changi Gaol camp Singapore, July 1945, drawn by Capt Thomas Wilson RAMC medical officer, Singapore and Thailand.© Wilson family
“Rearguard” drawn by AKKI (Cpl B. P. Akhurst RA) while in Singapore 1942; the sketchpad is now in the Battle Box Museum, Singapore, © Akhurst family.
Tandjong Priok camp, Java; plan drawn in notebook by Capt A. A. Duncan A&SH while at Motoyama camp Japan, 1943 © Duncan family
“Charlie” Thailand 1944, watercolour portrait by Private Ashley George Old, 5th Sherwood Forresters; ‘this is what the Japs did to us’ A. G. Old 1984, © Bartholomew family