Diary relating to service of Hugh Rayson, 1945

Accession Number AWM2019.22.137
Collection number PR00720
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Maker Rayson, Hugh
Place made Australia, Singapore: Changi
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary relating to the Second World War service of NX34706 Major Hugh Rayson MC, 2/10 Australian Field Ambulance. The diary covers the cessation of hostilities in Borneo around 29 August 1945 and continues until Rayson’s return to Australia on 14 October 1945. Rayson gives a daily account of his gradual release from captivity, as well as the effects of the captivity on his health (especially oedema) and that of his fellow POWs, his voyage to Sydney on the HMAHS "Wanganella”, and his reunion with his wife and children in Sydney. Particular focus is given to the treatment and rehabilitation of the released POWs.