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Taken from records kept in Changi
(ovl = overland and ovs
(1) These effects have been handled by the Bureau as per statement which
follows, and the whole of the effects and the register covering them are
in a green locker at Camp Office.
(2) A number of articles have been kept in safe custody in the above locker
as per list therein.
Brief history of the deceased effects of
(1) personnel who died in the No.1 P.O.W. camp, and of effects of battle
casualties received in the Bureau of Record and Enquiry from units;
(2) personnel of `F` and `H` Forces who died on working parties up-country;
(3) personnel who died in Palembang, Sumatra. The lists are by no means
complete as units may have kept their own deceased personnel effects and
taken them with them to their destinations (ovl. and ovs. parties, early
1943 - All deceased personnel effects in No.1 P.O.W. camp handed to the
Bureau of Record and Enquiry and registered.
1943 - I .J.A. call for all effects to be listed and sent to them for
possible transmission to the Red Cross Society, Japan, for sending to
next of kin.
1943 - After many attempts the I.J.A. finally accept parcels as outlined
in A/126/8420 of 21.2.44.
1944 - Effects listed under British number B 1 to B 482, checked by an
officer of H.Q.M.C. to conform to the detail as ordered by the I.J.A.
Not all effects were sent, the officer of H.Q.M.C. deciding which were
to be kept (valuables, etc. ).Only 3 or 4 items were allowed by the I.J.A.,
the remaining articles were numbered with the same number as the parcel
sent to the I.J.A. and kept in the B.R.E. with a view to sending home
at the end of the war. Monies belonging to the deceased were noted by
the camp paymaster and receipts given.
1944 -The N.C.O. employed by the B.R.E. for work on the effects was detailed
to assist the I.J.A. in the translation of the particulars of the effects
under one I.J.A. soldier named Yanagahara, a Korean clerk. Camps not under
the administration of No.1 P.O.W. camp dealt with their own effects through
the local administration.
All the remaining effects were listed under the registered number of the
B.R.E. register, including `F` and `H` Forces. These effects were not
sent to the I.J.A. `Missing` personnel effects were also kept.
Under orders from Camp Office some articles were taken from the effects
for use of camp specialists, e. g. spectacles, false teeth, prayer and
hymn books, silver for use of dental specialists.
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