Letters and papers of Charles Laurie Price, 1942-1945

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Accession Number AWM2019.22.165
Collection number PR03336
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type File
Item count 13
Object type Letter
Physical description 57 Image/s captured
Maker Price, Charles Laurie
Place made Singapore
Date made 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Letters and papers relating to the Second World War service of NX55503 Staff Sergeant Charles Laurie Price, 10 Australian General Hospital.

Price wrote letters to his wife Marion between May 1942 and September 1945, while he was a prisoner of war of the Japanese. In his letters he writes about his experiences, including embarkation, his impressions of Malaya, serving with his unit in Malacca, being evacuated to Singapore, and the air raids and fall of Singapore in February 1942. Price then writes about being held at Salarang Barracks, Changi Camp, and includes details such as his work in the camp hospital, receiving poor rations, attending lectures and plays, having numerous illnesses, the death of a close friend, and frog racing. He was then moved to Kranji camp, where he wrote that he continued his hospital work, read books, ate an unusual supplementary diet, experienced Allied air raids, and finally heard that peace was declared in August 1945.
This collection also includes papers gathered by Price during and after the war, including lecture notes on the Malayan Peninsula and campaign and an invitation to his welcome home dinner in November 1945.

This file contains:
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Changi, Singapore, 14 May 1942
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Changi, Singapore, 23 September 1943
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Changi, Singapore, 1 January 1944
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Kranji, Singapore, 31 July- 3 September 1944
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Kranji, Singapore, 31 November 1944
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Kranji, Singapore, 1 January 1945
Cable from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Kranji, Singapore, 28 February 1945
Letter from Charles Laurie Price to Marion Price, Kranji, Singapore, 11-17 September 1945
Cable from Marion Price to Charles Laurie Price, 20 September 1945
Invitation to Welcome Home event for Charles Laurie Price, 8 November 1945
Lecture notes for "The Malaya Campaign" lecture by Lieutenant General Sir Lewis Heath, [date unknown]
Special Order by Sir Archibald P Wavell, 6 February 1942
Summary of Events of the Malayan Campaign, Lieutenant Colonel Kappe, [date unknown]