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12 December 2009

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Mike

Lawrence what an interesting insight and of course connection to Thailand.

I think in WWI it was common to lie about ages. Think of the tales he might have told had he been successful in his Indian venture.

As for Changi, well from what I know conditions there were pretty bad, perhaps not as bad as on the railway, but no picnic.

BTW, my trip to Ao Manao was a little disappointing, there was not a special display, although I did discover a museum, which is only open on a Saturday 9-3pm and of course in typical Thai style was not open for the celebrations!!

That said I got a few shots of a war memorial that I hadn't seen before. (see photo blog)

Lawrence

Yes, maybe his greatest disappointment was not having those tales to tell. He 'dined out' on his Nagsaki prison camp stories, though.

Mike, the second link is supposed to be to your post, but it doesn't work! The one to Martyn does, and as far as I know I did the same thing in both cases. Any possible explanations (that I might understand)? It was an experiment, but I'm not satisfied with 50% success rate.

Martyn

Lawrence thanks for the link and interesting add on to the death railway. Your uncle must of been a strong man because my research into the railway revealed the weakest POW were kept in Singapore, the healthiest sent to Thailand and Burma, and those in between sent on the dangerous route by ship to Japan to mine coal.

Your post is a nice tribute to your uncle because it tells of one man's desire to serve his country even if he had to bend the truth a couple of times. It's such a shame that your uncle like so many others had a slow and painful death. A good post.

Your link to Mike should read http://www.my-thai-friend.com/2009/12/ao-manao-japanese-landings-1941.html?

You are missing the html? from the end. Try it and best wishes.

Lawrence

Martyn, I'm glad your link worked. And thanks to you, Mike's does too now. Good work, and thank you.

re the dangerous route to Japan, at least one ship of POWs was torpedoed that I know of.

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