Heroes Return Blog – Stories from Second World War veterans’ trips


Fergus Anckorn talks about his experience during the Second World War by The National Lottery Community Fund
January 27, 2010, 2:41 pm
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Watch Fergus Anckorn on the BBC’s HARDtalk programme talking about his time spent in Singapore and Thailand during World War II.

Fergus returned to the Far East in November 2009 with a grant from Heroes Return



Jack Fowler Returns to the Far East with his wife Pearl Fowler by The National Lottery Community Fund

Pearl Fowler went back to the Far East with her husband who served there during the Second World and was the taken as a Prisoner of War. Pearl has recorded some of the most memorable parts of their trip.

Thursday

Arrived with time to spare despite traffic. In duty free, do I treat myself?

Friday

Arrived in Hong Kong. Lost camera and spectacles, not to worry. Lovely meal in hotel and so to bed as very exhausted

Saturday

Selling poppies at Great Pacific Mall in Central Hong Kong with fellow travellers

Sunday

Remembrance Service in Central Hong Kong. Talking with Captain Alex Butterfield about being released by the Americans. Laying poppy wreaths at cenotaph. Went to Sai Wan Cemetery finding gravestones of several Suffolks, which was very emotional. Visited and left poppy cross at Jack Edwards grave, a very emotional day.

Monday

A day of shopping at Stanley Market. An experience travelling 1 hr by local bus and trying to barter with stall holders. It was very hot and clammy

Tuesday

Had a meal at the revolving restaurant, then onto the peak. Wonderful views, an exceptional day

Wed

Short flight and long car journey to reach hotel, settled in and got an early night as busy day tomorrow.

Thursday

Visit the campsite of the copper mine Kinkasekid and the mining museum which has now become a tourist destination. Followed by visit to Keelung Harbour where all the prisoners landed after their long sea trips on the hell ships. From here they were taken by train so far and then a 10 mile march up a very steep track to the campsite carrying whatever kit they still had in their possession.

Friday

Historical & cultural tour

Saturday

Jungle campsite for memorial service, all the locals were there to greet the P.O.W.’s with a band playing, drums beating and bugles playing. Met 90 yr old farmer who remembered the P.O.W’s time

Sun

Memorial services at Kinhaseki. Laying of wreaths. Last post played by trumpeter Andrew Tsao. Bagpipers played by Mal Turner whilst wreaths were laid. Prayers by Rev Diane Womg. Very emotional time when P.O.W’s paid tributes.