Jessup, Harry Ernest (Captain, b.1912 - d.1977)

Accession Number PR00683
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement Extent: 8 cm; Wallet/s: 2
Object type Papers
Maker Jessup, Harry Ernest
Date made 1941-1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 96/0278
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection relating to the Second World War service of Captain Harry Ernest Jessup, 1941-1945.

Wallet 1 of 2 (custom box) - contains Diary covering period from capitulation at Singapore, February 1942 until shortly after the Japanese surrender in 1945. Highly descriptive of life in Changi POW camp and in a working party on the Burma-Thailand railway. Occasionally humorous and philosophical, the author mentions food and recipes, illness, forced marches in Thailand, deaths from cholera, work on the railway, industries, entertainment and lectures in Changi, segregation of officers from other ranks, memories, mail, monotony, highs and lows of morale, air raids, good relations with Dutch internees, feelings about the end of the war and impatience about being repatriated to Australia. Diary also includes an anthology of poetry.

Wallet 2 of 2 - contains invitations and menus, sample of paper manufactured in Changi, letter from Malaya to fiancee and copy of the last Special Order issued by Lt. Col. Galleghan to Changi POWs.