Remembrance Sunday

8 Nov

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Especially remembering today the soldiers held since the fall of Singapore in 1942 until the end of the war in 1945 in POW camps along the River Kwai and forced into effective slavery. They thought themselves forgotten by the rest of the world.

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According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:

“The notorious Burma-Siam railway, built by Commonwealth, Dutch and American prisoners of war, was a Japanese project driven by the need for improved communications to support the large Japanese army in Burma. During its construction, approximately 13,000 prisoners of war died and were buried along the railway. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 civilians also died in the course of the project, chiefly forced labour brought from Malaya and the Dutch East Indies, or conscripted in Siam (Thailand) and Burma (Myanmar). Two labour forces, one based in Siam and the other in Burma worked from opposite ends of the line towards the centre.”

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Let’s not forget them now.

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