In the early 1990’s I developed a friendship with Maurice Rooney who was a FEPOW living within 20 miles from me at Norwich. From our chats on the phone and emails we put together his story ‘Brothers in Arms’ and he let me have an audio recording which he made in 1991. I miss our chats, especially when I lost my own father in 2001, Maurice helped soothe the loss and the pain of losing the COFEPOW site in the same year. Maurice died 2002. During the following years I lost the web site pages (nod) as my computer went down. Just recently I started putting his story together again, mainly for the book I am writing, but also believe Maurice would like it placed within ‘Far Eastern Heroes’ for all to read and listen to as originally intended. I must admit I did get choked up when it was completed and I read through it and listened to his recording.
This is his story ‘Brothers in Arms’ which does hold my copyright:-
Added information into the Roll of Honour for John Donner in the ‘Site Memorial’ section:-
KEW:- WO 392/23, WO 345/15, WO 361/2005, WO 361/2169, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2069, WO 361/2059, WO 361/2176
Notice John’s pre-war occupation as ‘Asbestos Moulder’
I used to visit David Ferrow’s book shop in Howard Street Sth, Great Yarmouth as he stocked shelves of historic books on Great Yarmouth and the Far East. We used to have a chat while I looked through the books and he told me his brother James was a PoW but died out there. I did some research and found his brother died after liberation when the plane taking him from Saigon to Rangoon crashed killing all on board. before I could relay my findings Mr Ferrow died:-
Commonwealth War Grave Commission
KEW:- WO 361/2059, WO 361/2165, WO 361/2059, WO 361/2166, WO 361/2177, WO 345/17, WO 361/2005, WO 361/2027
Compiling my fathers diary.
Added a page for Joseph Alfred Vincent James Williams who died in Hong Kong, photos sent in by Robert Henderson:-
A few days ago gave Alex the information, this morning added a page in the Roll of Honour for Robert Thomas in the ‘Site Memorial’ section:-
KEW:- WO 361/1633, WO 361/1631/1, WO 361/1222, WO 392/26, WO 345/51, WO 361/1945, WO 361/2008
Had the morning on my book, started writing out dads diary.