Wireless messages and notes relating to the service of Alan W. Weston

Place Asia: Singapore
Accession Number AWM2019.22.177
Collection number PR01541
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Whole
Item count 5
Object type Papers
Physical description 21 Image/s captured
Maker Weston, Alan Wentworth
Place made Singapore
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Collection relating to the prisoner of war experience of NX57941 Sergeant Alan "Joe" Wentworth Weston in Singapore during the Second World War. The collection details the establishment of a secret wireless operation in prisoner of war camps in Singapore; receiving news broadcasts from the BBC and KGEI; the receipt of one dual wave Phillips Radioplayer and a dual wave Stromberg Carlson from the Chinese; disseminating news broadcasts among the camp; the creation of an underground room to house the equipment and transmit broadcasts; receiving messages from the wives of internees; moving to a new camp and transporting the gear in the dead of night; working parties travelling to Borneo and Burma with each man carrying one part of the wireless receiver to avoid detection; and the surrender and disarmament of Japanese forces and forces under Japanese control.

This collection contains:
Note by Alan W Weston documenting secret wireless units in Japanese prisoner of war camps, [date unknown].
Wireless message received at Kuching from 9th Australian Division Labuan, 11 September 1945.
Typed copy of wireless message received at Kuching from 9th Australian Division Labuan, 11 September 1945.
Typed copy of wireless message received at Kuching from 9th Australian Division Labuan, 11 September 1945.
Transcription of note by Alan W Weston and wireless message received at Kuching from 9th Australian Division Labuan.