Four prisoners of war (POWs) with beri beri. Identified is Jan Hakkaart (left) a radio operator ...

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Accession Number P00761.011
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white
Physical description Black & white
Maker Unknown
Place made Burma Thailand Railway: Tarsau
Date made c 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

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Description

Four prisoners of war (POWs) with beri beri. Identified is Jan Hakkaart (left) a radio operator from the Dutch Navy (RNN) who was captured in Java, second from the left is, possibly, NX44799 Private Cornelius Valentine (Val) Hayward. Tarsau, now known as Nam Tok, is 130 kilometres from Nong Pladuk (also known as Non Pladuk), or 284 kilometres south of Thanbyuzayat. It was used by the Japanese as both a staging camp for POWs moving north to work on railway construction, and a base hospital during the period from November 1942 to April 1944. During this period 15,029 sick passed through it, of whom 806 died.