Wallet 1 of 1 - Papers relating to the service of Cyril John Watson, 1941-1945

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Accession Number AWM2020.22.206
Collection number PR86/174
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Wallet
Item count 17
Object type Papers
Physical description 197 Image/s captured
Maker Watson, Cyril John
Place made Borneo, Malaya
Date made 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Description

Collection relating to the Second World War service of VX39057 Lieutenant Cyril John Watson, 4 Anti-Tank Regiment, Malaya, Borneo and Singapore, 1941-1945.

Wallet 1 of 1 - Collection contains original handwritten diaries detailing Lieutenant Watson’s experiences as a prisoner of war at Changi from 1942-1945. Subjects include: food and preparation; ill health and weight loss; military parades; food rationing; medical treatment; recipes; translations of songs; poetry; instructions for making nutrition supplements; cultivation of plants and vegetables; recreation and entertainment; treatment of the POWs by the Japanese officers and guards; liberation from Changi; rehabilitation; and repatriation.

Collection also contains four letters from Lieutenant Watson to his parents, Norman William and Louisa Rachel, and his wife, Patricia. Collection also includes four letters from an unknown Australian POW who describes the conditions and daily routine at Camp 5, identifying the location of deceased and buried Australian soldiers, and building a monument for the Japanese at Bukit Timah.