Diary of Jack Lusby Burns, January-April 1943

Accession Number AWM2019.22.28
Collection number AWM2016.485.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 57 Image/s captured
Maker Burns, Jack Lusby
Place made Japan: Shikoku, Zentsuji
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary relating to the Second World War Service of VX39159 Lieutenant Jack Lusby Burns, 1st Independent Company.

This diary is the second 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 22 January and 30 April 1943. In his diary, Burns writes about his life in the camp, focussing especially on the quality and quantity of the food. He records the decrease in food and cigarette rations, constantly being hungry, and losing weight. Burns also writes about being appointed the official rabbit keeper of the camp, playing card games, attending regular lectures and concerts, thinking of home during church services, experiencing an earth tremor, and receiving Red Cross parcels.