Gemma and Kaorin Hankie

A big coincidence on writing a school project Gemma Glover used a photo of a hankie her grandfather Arthur Barker brought back from the Kaorin Camp. She shared her photo with the FEPOW Family Facebook group in 2017. Gemma has given me permission to use her photo on this page.

Updating as I find them, so far deciphered 18 confirmed 14:-
These are the names on the handkerchief.
Beckitt, Royal Artillery, 61st Field
Arthur William Bigg, Signalman, 2587078, R.C.O.S, att, 148 Field Regiment, born 1921/02/15
Selwyn Charles Blatherwick, Signalman, 2345861, R.C.O.S, Malaya Command Signals, born 1916/03/06
Norman Herbert Thomas Bowles, Lance Corporal, T/116 9675, R.A.S.C., born 1917/11/01
George Cutts, Gunner, 1103947, Royal Artillery, 48 Field Regiment, born 1914/04/04
Walter Charles Henry Ellis, Signalman, 2347161, R.C.O.S. att, 35 LAA R.A., born 1919/03/30
Leslie Elms, Bombardier (Artillery Clerk), 842428, Royal Artillery, born 1916/12/09
George Foster – Gunner, 1605134, Royal Artillery, 30/3 Heavy Anti-Aircarft Regiment, born 1911/04/15
Thomas Henry Grace, T/168527, Driver, R.A.S.C, 54th Brigade, born 1917/05/15
George Henry Hawkwood, Bombardier, 923529, Royal Artillery, 135 Field Regiment, born 1920/05/25
J Higgins, Royal Artillery, 135 Field
D.H. Moore
S. Morris, Royal Air Force
William Page, Sergeant, 5774935, Royal Norfolk Regiment, 6th Battalion, enlisted 1939/05/19
Leslie Ronald Pearson – Private, 4976727, 1/5 Sherwood Forester, born 1919/10/03
Ronald John Potter, Private, 4977892, 1/5 Sherwood Forester, born 1912/08/14
Raymond Frederick Salsbury, Sergeant, 4978030, 1/5 Sherwood Forester, born 1918/06/04
Ronald Mark Turner, Sapper, 2074366, Royal Engineer, 288 Field, born 1921/06/06


Hankies from Kaorin Camp, Thailand-Burma Railway


What a coincidence:- Keith Rattray branch secretary for Royal British Legion sent these photos to me in 2015 with the explanation – Warminster and one of our elder members has for years collected various hankies, she relunctantly gave a talk on them very recently and to my amazement there in front of my eyes was one made by A.S. Newcombe of KAORIN POW camp dated 1945


Now Gemma has come up with another hankie from her grandfather, Arthur Barker from the sane camp at Kaorin.

Gemma gave me permission to add it to the page:-

Dominic Michael Stringer

Spent the morning trying to help Hazel Stringer with her family tree. Dominic escaping Singapore in Daisy which sailed from Singapore with six Scottish civilians, a petty officer and five ratings, commanded by  Captain Walmsley. Daisy made it to the mouth of the Djambi River in Sumatra. Then the complement of the Daisy continued in P10 across Sumatra to the port of Emmerhaven and were evacuated.


William Chapman’s Notebook

Added another newspaper clipping:- ‘A hate that’s hard to forget’.

This one means a lot as Maurice, who features in the 1995 article was a good friend.

Maurice, Reg, Arthur and many more FEPOWs who were members of the FEPOW Community helped me form a group which supported FEPOW Day to be held on August 15th. After 500 names were collected on a poll to the government, it was refused as it clashed with VJ Day. We still hold the day as FEPOW Day as it is now recognized by almost all FEPOW Associations and groups. This is the day of liberation and the day the FEPOWs could look back in remembrance of their lost mates. FEPOW Day and FEPOW family pins are available from .