Diary of Alexander R.C. Johnstone, 1942-1943

Accession Number AWM2019.22.189
Collection number PR01044
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 192 Image/s captured
Maker Johnstone, Alex R C
Place made Korea: Inchon, Jinsen POW Camp, Singapore: Changi
Date made 1942-1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Diary relating to the Second World War service of NX20572 Corporal Alexander Roland Campbell Johnstone, 2/15th Field Regiment and Audit Office, Command Pay Staff of the AIF in Malay.

The diary documents the period between the capitulation of Singapore on 15 February 1942 and 24 March 1943. During this time Johnstone was held as a prisoner of war in camps at Changi, Singapore and Jinsen, Korea. The entries are written partly in the form of communications with his wife Peg, and provide details about camp life and conditions, including food, recreation, illness and work (e.g. unit 'auditing' in Changi; quarry, wharf and railway labour in Jinsen). Other common subjects include the weather, gardening, and writing recipes. Also included are a photograph of a woman, poems, Italian and Japanese words with translations, two pressed flowers, graphs of daily temperatures, and a map of the camp at Changi.