Terry Waite CBE
Air Marshal Sir John Baird KBE DL MBChB FRCPE FRCSE FFOM FRAeS DAvMED
Lieutenant Colonel C G Stallard , Surgeon Vice Admiral I L Jenkins CVO
A Joint National Fund Raising Campaign with National Memorial Arboretum
in Staffordshire to establish a permanent Cultural
and Memorial Building containing 'The FEPOW
The COFEPOW Fund Raising Campaign commenced on 15th February 2002, the
60th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore to the Japanese Army, when the
majority of the Far East POWs were captured.
Our aim was to have the building completed by the 15th August 2005, the
60th Anniversary of the Japanese Surrender, a time scale of three and
a half years, and we succeeded.
The FEPOWs spent three and a half years being beaten, worked, starved
and humiliated in barbaric and pitiless conditions.
We spent three and a half years raising money to build a place in their
honour and everlasting memory to ensure that future generations understand
the horrors so many endured and reflect upon its causes and consequences.
However, fund raising has not stopped with the completion of the Building.
We need to set up a Trust Fund to guarantee the future of the Building.
We also intend to establish an archival and research area on the upper
floor of the Building to house books and documents and other material
relating to the FEPOWs and their story.
We will appreciate each and every donation, THANK
"They suffered and died like no other prisoners since the beginning of Military History"
If you have heard of the Far East POWs but do not know the full history
of events, then:
- Help us to protect and maintain this permanent
place which portrays their story of untold suffering.
- Help us to document this horrifying chapter in British history to enable future generations to see and learn and never let it happen again.
- Help us - by becoming part of what we are
trying to achieve.
Your help will enable us to continue telling the story of the Far East
Prisoners of War.
If you give a donation and are a tax payer, please request a Gift Aid
Declaration form, (address below) enabling us to claim back 28p in the
pound from the Inland Revenue.
Please make your cheque payable to COFEPOW and send to 'COFEPOW' at the
address shown below. Alternatively:
Please take your cheques and cash into your local Lloyds T.S.B. bank quoting
our fund COFEPOW
Sort Code 33-99-77
Account No. 07410418
Please will you participate in this project with us.
We really do need your assistance and together we will honour their memory.
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Norfolk NR31 8BE.
Tel / Fax: 01493 664116
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The National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire is being created
on 150 acres of land alongside the River Tame. It is the nation's living
tribute to the wartime generations of the twentieth century and as a gift
in their memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy. The
site includes the Millennium Chapel of Peace and Forgiveness which was
the only place of worship built in the country to celebrate the Millennium.
The National Memorial Arboretum is 4 miles north east of Lichfield near
the village of Alrewas. It can be reached from the A38 between Lichfield
and Burton-on-Trent on the A513 for Tamworth. Leave the A38 at the slip
road signposted Alrewas and 'The National Memorial Arboretum'. Then follow
signs to the Arboretum.
Free admission. Open 10 am to 5 pm (or dusk if earlier) every day except
Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Large free car park.
The Far East Prisoners of
War Building at the National Memorial Arboretum
The National Memorial Arboretum has undertaken to provide ongoing permanent
management and maintenance. We believe that, with its dedicated establishment
and aims, this provides the ideal home for the COFEPOW place of remembrance