Frank and Ronald Williams
To be released Monday 25th March at £14.99
Paperback original, ISBN: 9780752487212
This is the story of a young Royal Artillery officer, Lieutenant Ronald Williams, who was
held as a prisoner of war in the Japanese-occupied Dutch East Indies from 1942–45.
It is a true account of the alternate horror and banality of daily life, and the humour that
helped the men survive the beatings, deprivation and death of comrades.
Told through the diary and papers of Williams and others, Jungle Journal includes many
cartoons and poems produced by the prisoners, as well as extracts from the original
Jungle Journal, a newspaper created by the men under the noses of their guards. Ronald
Williams was the ‘editor’ of this potentially fatal ‘publication’.
Jungle Journal describes the survival of hope even in desperate straits, and is a testament
to those men whose courage and fortitude were tested to the limit under the tropical sun.
A record of life as a PoW of the Japanese during the Second World War based in
part on original prisoner documentation
An excellent account of the fall of Java
Includes previously unpublished poems and illustrations produced by the prisoners
Frank Williams is a retired hospital consultant. On the 60th anniversary of VJ Day his
mother gave him his father Ronald’s papers, which detailed the latter’s experiences as a
prisoner of the Japanese in Java. Using these, along with contemporary illustrations,
journals, poems and memories of conversations with his father, Frank Williams has
created the book that his father always intended to write. Some of the documentation is
held at the Imperial War museum and they will support the book. He lives in Powys.