Percival, W J (Jack) MBE (Temporary Captain, b.1907 - d.1988)

Place Asia: Philippines, Luzon, Manila, Santo Tomas
Accession Number PR00015
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 7 folders
Object type Papers
Maker Donald M Dang
Percival, William Jack (Jack)
Date made 1942-1945
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM371 90/0176
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Collection relating to the Second World War service of Temporary Captain W J (Jack) Percival MBE, War Correspondent, Sydney Morning Herald, Philippines, 1942-1945.

Percival was a war correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald, attached to General MacArthur's staff, when captured by the Japanese. His wife was also captured and they were interned in Santo Tomas camp in Manila where their son was born. Papers include diary, camp newspapers, minutes of camp committee meetings, nominal rolls of internees, camp rules. Discusses the deterioration of accommodation and food, illnesses and deaths, Japanese administration, dissension among internees including accusations of profiteering, American air raids, Japanese retreat and evacuation of Manila.