Research & Articles by Lt. Col. Peter Winstanley OAM RFD (Retired), JP
Research, Interviews and Articles about the Prisoners Of War of the Japanese who built the Burma to Thailand railway during world war two. Focusing on the doctors and medical staff among the prisoners. Also organised trips to Thailand twice a year.
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May 2016

Video Section and Articles. There are now 70 video interviews on the website. Click here to go to the video page. New Videos have been added at the bottom of the video list and new Articles have "New" added after the title.

Females at POWs or Civilian Internees. There are some stories about Dutch women, who resided in the Netherlands East Indies, and who were civilian internees of the Japanese. At the time, they were aged from as young as 4 years to mature wives etc. Like the Nurses, who were incarcerated under the Japanese, they would have had a terrible time (maybe worse than the males).

Assistance Requested. Readers would be aware that my initial objective was to record something of the 43 Australian Medical Officers who were on the Burma Thailand Railway and most of them have been covered, with the exception of Major Lyall Andrews and Captains Dick Parker and Reg Wright. Weary Dunlop has not been covered in this website as there have been 3 books published about him, which include his War Diaries, which are a very valuable resource.

I would be interested in receiving information about lesser known POW camps which were occupied in 1945. By that I mean Nakhon Nyok, Pitsanaloke, Lopburi, Katchu Mountain Camp, Nakhon Pathom. I have now visited these areas and had an 80% success in searching for particular locations. Two areas remain of interest, being Takri (or Takli) north of Nakhon Nayok and Kachu Mountain Camp being in the area of Phetburi south of Banpong.

One must never forget that there were many POW's of the Japanese who suffered in other places including, the Sumatra Railway, Hainan Island, Timor, Ambon, Korea, Manchuria and those who were sent directly to Japan. Any information about these latter areas would be appreciated.

Pilgrimage to Myanmar (Burma) In 2012 I took a small group of people to Singapore and then into Myanmar (Burma). Bill Paterson and his sister and their spouses were on this tour. Their father William James Paterson (2/4 MGBn) was a POW. He died in Thailand and after the war was re-buried in Thanbyuzayat war cemetery in Myanmar. We were able to visit his gravesite. Another traveller was John Brereton. His late father, Thomas le Gay Brereton, had been a POW doctor (A Force) in Burma.

In April 2015 John Brereton and I went back to Myanmar. John has written a report on the trip which has been published on the website under Pilgrimage. John intends to return to Myanmar in 2016 to do more research.

Guestbook and Website I continue to get unwelcome entries in the Guestbook. These have nothing to do with the POW story and I do try to delete them as soon as possible. The website continues to be visited between 150 and 200 times per day.

Additional material on this site. I feel it is unlikely for there to be much additional information added to the website. If anyone has items of interest please pass them on by contacting the writer at e-mail: peterwinstanley@bigpond.com

 

   
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