Diary of Alexander R.C. Johnstone, 1943-1944

Place Asia: Korea, Inchon, Jinsen POW Camp
Accession Number AWM2019.22.190
Collection number PR01044
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Diary
Physical description 151 Image/s captured
Maker Johnstone, Alex R C
Place made Korea: Inchon, Jinsen POW Camp
Date made 1943-1944
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 Malaya.

The diary documents the period between 23 March 1943 and 29 January 1944. During this time Johnstone was held as a prisoner of war in the camp at Jinsen, Korea. The daily 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. quarry, wharf and railway labour). Other common subjects include the weather, receiving letters and parcels, and lessons. Also included in the diary are poems, and a pressed flower. Some entries have been partly blacked out to make the writing illegible.