Kuching Hospital & POWs embark for Australia

Accession Number F07330
Collection type Film
Measurement 2 min 52 sec
Object type To be confirmed
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Rainsford, Keith Carr
Place made Borneo: Sarawak, Kuching
Date made 13-19 September 1945
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Civilian internees and prisoners of war were flown from Kuching to Labuan at the start of their journey home after being liberated from POW camp, Kuching. Several Australian and British POW received treatment at Kuching General Hospital after Japan had capitulated, prior to Japanese surrender. This hospital was used for Japanese troops only. 2318643 Sergeant E W Hickson, 48 Lt A/A RCS - a patient in the hospital suffering from malnutrition. Abdominal Laparotomy operation being carried out in the hospital by VX8304 Major Alexander Hugh G McGregor. NX70671 Captain Frank Harland Mills of 2/9 Australian Field Ambulance and VX39258 Captain Ian Conrad Heinz of 10 Australian General Hospital. These officers were captured in Singapore and now are in Kuching General Hospital to assist medical staff. Both acted as Medical Officers during captivity. 437351 (SX3295) Brigadier Thomas Charles Eastick, Commander Kuching G Force, examining a drawing of Queen Wilhelmina made by one of the Dutch soldiers in POW camp. Officer in charge Air Evacuation from Kuching, Wing Commander R W Marks.

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