Wallet 1 of 1 - Diary of Edward William Burrey, August 1942 – February 1945

Accession Number AWM2019.7.9
Collection number PR00662
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 73 Image/s captured
Place made Malaya: Johore, Johore Bahru, Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Collection relating to the Second World War service of NX58148 Sergeant Edward William Burrey, 8 Australian Division, Malaya and Singapore, 1942-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection contains the first of two diaries belonging to Sergeant Edward William Burrey, 15 August 1942 to 14 February 1945. The diary begins with a narrative account of events between January and June 1942 at Johore Baru, Malaya and Singapore, including the evacuation and capitulation, march to Changi, placement on work parties, illness amongst prisoners, longing for home, punishments issued by the Japanese, and the kindness of the Chinese. Sergeant Burrey also describes departing the camp for work on the Burma-Thailand Railway with "F" Force and marching from Ban Pong to Sonkurai. He goes on to describe the work, lack of food, death count and cremations, his return to Changi after 8 months, appearance of Allied bombers, Australian Imperial Force Concert Party and other entertainment, move to camp at Bukit Timah to work on building tunnels, Japanese surrender, ensuing events and return to Australia.