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COFEPOW

The members of COFEPOW are the children, families and friends of the many thousands of men, women and children imprisoned or interned and those who died at the hands of the Japanese in the Far East.

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VJ-Day 80th anniversary

New lapel pin design children’s competition

August 15th 2025 marks the 80th anniversary of VJ-Day. As in the past, COFEPOW will be commemorating this next significant anniversary with a special new COFEPOW lapel pin badge design competition for children.

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Boxed VJ-Day 75th anniversary pin, produced in 2020

COFEPOW's Latest News

Keep up to date with all of COFEPOW's latest news. See details below.

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News From Borneo - May 2024

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May 20, 2024
Websites: www.lynettesilver.com & www.sandakandeathmarch.com
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FEPOW Ships Return

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May 1, 2024
Dorset Area Co-ordinator Ann explores marking 80th since FEPOW ships return
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BAFEPOW April 2024 News Sheet

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April 10, 2024
Important news from the BAFEPOW Committee
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BAFEPOW March 2024 News Sheet

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March 12, 2024
Important news from the BAFEPOW Committee
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BAFEPOW February 2024 News Sheet

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February 14, 2024
Important news from the BAFEPOW Committee
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Fund-raiser for new FEPOW memorial in former hospital

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February 7, 2024
Plans to create stone commemorating FEPOW rehabilitation
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BAFEPOW January 2024 News Sheet

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January 16, 2024
Important news from the BAFEPOW Committee
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News From Borneo - 2024 New Year Edition

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January 15, 2024
Websites: www.lynettesilver.com & www.sandakandeathmarch.com
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BAFEPOW December 2023 News Sheet

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December 6, 2023
Important news from the BAFEPOW Committee
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FEPOW Repatriation Memorial Ceremony - Southampton

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November 18, 2023
In autumn 1945 over 20,000 British prisoners returned via Southampton port
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COFEPOW's Upcoming Events

Make sure you don't miss any of COFEPOW's upcoming events. See details below.

AGM & VJ Day Commemorations 2024

All members welcome to VJ-Day commemorations and COFEPOW AGM
August 18, 2024
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COFEPOW 2024 Weekend Break

A fun and relaxed weekend away with fellow COFEPOW members.
October 4, 2024
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In Memory of Eileen Robertson

Eileen was held in high regard and loved by so many members, please make some time to read three very poignant and touching obituaries from Graham, her husband, Carole Cooper, former chairman and trustee, and Norman Craik.

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Poems of Hope Volume II

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In 2019, the trustees of COFEPOW initiated a drive to collate as many poems written by FEPOWs and their families as possible, to create an anthology of poetry. The collection featured over 80 poems, many of which were written during captivity or based on recollections or emotions experienced by close family since the war. Published under the title “Poems of Hope”, it went on sale via the merchandising office at £11.99 and has sold well to raise funds for the charity.

A second volume is being assessed for viability and is hoped to contain not only poetry by captives, but also stories, and thoughts or memories of loved ones in poetry form.

Merchandising Officers, Nick and Sylvie Bullen-Bell are asking for contributions of any new or freshly discovered poetry to be included. Any originals will be returned, but in the interests of protecting family heirlooms, they would prefer if rewritten or typed contributions could be submitted.

If you would like to provide any poems, please contact them at the merchandise site by emailing: tickles.sbb@gmail.com, phone 01245 222 604 / mobile 07721 067501 OR by clicking on the button above and submitting your poem.

Research Database

COFEPOW has developed Research Database, which is designed to assist in finding information on WW2 and the Far East easily and quickly. Thousands of liberation questionnaires are now available on the Research Database. There is an integrated search engine to make finding information easier.

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The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai

One of the most misunderstood events in history. Contrary to the romanticized film version, the structures represent a period of terror, desperation, and death for over 16,000 POWs. The Thailand - Burma Railway was the vision of the Japanese Imperial Army: a 250 mile track cut through dense jungle that would connect Bangkok and Rangoon. To accomplish this nearly impossible feat, the fanatical and ruthless Japanese engineers used POWs and local slaves as manpower. Candid interviews with men who lived through the atrocity including Dutch, Australian, British, and American POWs illuminate the violence and horror of their three and a half year internment. From Britain's surrender of Singapore the enduring force of friendship.

The COFEPOW National Enterprise Competition for Primary Schools

The COFEPOW National Enterprise Competition for Primary Schools

We are delighted to say that we are about to embark on a new project which involves establishing a competition for Primary Schools. You are cordially invited to attend the launching of our Education programme on 15th February 2017.

VJ76 Lichfield Cathedral Service - 14th August 2021

For the many that couldn't attend Lichfield Cathedral on Saturday - luckily the entire service was recorded and can be watched below...