Diary of Jack Lusby Burns, July-November 1942

Accession Number AWM2019.22.27
Collection number AWM2016.485.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 61 Image/s captured
Maker Burns, Jack Lusby
Place made Japan: Shikoku, Zentsuji
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Diary relating to the Second World War Service of VX39159 Lieutenant Jack Lusby Burns, 1st Independent Company.

This diary is the first of six diaries kept by Burns while he was a prisoner of war in Japan. It was written in Zentsuji Prisoner of War Camp, Kagawa Prefecture, and contains entries dated between 19 July and 8 November 1942. In his diary, Burns writes about the journey to Zentsuji, a short period of quarantine, and his relatively good first impressions of the camp. He then talks about his life in the camp, including weekly inspections, hikes and concerts, the quality and quantity of food, attending lectures on various subjects, thinking of home during church services, playing card games, large amounts of bed bugs, and limited cigarette rations. He also records that he “put a tall one” on an American fellow prisoner, telling him that kangaroos gave rides to small children.