Downes, Harry Wraith (Lieutenant, b.1918 - d.1943)

Place Asia: Burma Thailand Railway
Accession Number PR91/156
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 items
Object type Diary
Maker Downes, Harry Wraith
Date made 1943
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 91/0606
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

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Part of diary (and transcript) kept by Lt Downes while a prisoner of the Japanese working on the Burma-Thailand railway. Records work, spirit of prisoners, treatment by Japanese, disease and illness, food, deaths, movement to numerous camps. Lt Downes died in July 1943, the diary being returned to Australia by his former batman.