GILBERT, Maric, J (Eddie) (Private, b: 1921)

Place Asia: Netherlands East Indies, Ambon, Pulau, Ambon
Accession Number MSS1651
Collection type Manuscript
Measurement 1cm (1 item)
Object type Memoir
Maker Gilbert, Maric Jeggo (Eddie)
Date made 1941-1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 89/0121
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying is permitted for the purposes of research and study, subject to physical condition

Typescript memoir entitled: "Ambon 1941 -1945 Recollections of a Survivor". This memoir provides a well written, observant and detailed recollection of Gilbert's experience as a prisoner of war on Ambon. Taken prisoner in February 1942, Gilbert survived three and a half years of captivity, under the harsh conditions imposed by the Japanese. Gilbert's account, however, also covers the lighter side of captivity, the concerts organised by prisoners, ingenous ways of smuggling food into the camp and the occasional laugh at their captors' expense.