Collection of 40 images taken by a Japanese surveyor and exchanged in Thailand post war with QX15191 Arthur Francis Seary

Accession Number P00406.034
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative
Maker Unknown Japanese photographer
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Ronsi, Burma. c. 1943. Australian and British prisoners of war (POWs) laying track on the Burma-Thailand railway. The POWs working on the railway in Burma were all members of A Force, designated by the Japanese as either Group 3 and Group 5. Most of the men in the track laying teams came from Anderson Battalion, part of "A" Force and Williams Force, which came from Java. There was also another track laying and general line maintenance group of Americans under Captain A. F. Fitzsimmons. They were a sub-group of Black Force from Java. Ronsi is approximately sixty kilometres south of Thanbyuzayat, or 354 kilometres north of Nong Pladuk (also known as Non Pladuk). (Donor A. Seary)