Frederick Barnstable as a Private, 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, Second World War, interviewed by Dr John Mitchell

Place Asia: Burma Thailand Railway
Accession Number S01402
Collection type Sound
Measurement Duration: 27 minutes
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; AGFA PEM 369; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; stereo
Maker Barnstable, Frederick James
Mitchell, John
Place made Australia: Victoria, Numurkah
Date made 22 August 1990
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Description

VX55245 Private Frederick James Barnstable, 2/2 Australian Pioneer Battalion, relates his experiences as a prisoner of war (POW) in A Force. This is one of 21 interviews conducted by Dr John Mitchell, relating experiences of doctors and medical practitioners who were POWs held by the Japanese forces in Thailand, Burma and Japan. Most interviews include discussions of medical conditions, improvised medical treatments and survival in the POW camps.

Topics discussed include the type and quality of food; rice allergy; receiving a fractured skull from a beating on the railway and the disbelieving response to this by personnel at home; lack of medical supplies and drugs; dysentry; beri beri; cholera; ulcers; healing ulcers with urine. Persons mentioned during the interview include Rowley Richards, Norman Eadie, Albert Coates.

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