Rogers, Arthur James (Jim) (Private, b.1916)

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Ambon, Pulau, Ambon, Tantoei
Accession Number PR03275
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 1 wallet: 1 cm
Object type Note book
Maker Rogers, Arthur James (Jim)
Place made Netherlands East Indies: Ambon, Pulau
Date made 1942-1943
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection relating to the Second World War of VX39978 Private Arthur James (Jim) Rogers, 2/21 Battalion, Gull Force. Collection consists of a notebook kept by Pte Rogers while in Tantoei prisoner-of-war camp (also known as Tan Toey or Tantui). It contains notes, tables and graphs relating to the eggs laid by the chickens Rogers kept during the months of July to October 1943. It also records how many Rogers sold, traded or gave away.

History / Summary

Rogers was captured in February 1942 on Ambon. While on a work party he stole chickens from the natives and sold eggs to the hospital (AHQ) and traded eggs with the Japanese guards. He accumulated twelve chickens. His business ended when the guards pulled down the chicken coup so they could use the wood to beat the prisoners as punishment after some other prisoners had escaped.