Changi - Kanburi
Died January 1990
My father died in January 1990 - he was Lieutenant Wilfred Thompson of R.E.M.E. and was in Changi at the start of his imprisonment and in Kamburi when they were released in 1945.
I have a beautiful hand made birthday card that his comrades gave him (signed by George C Acester, Thornley Porter, Sidney Lewis and another name that I can not read) but, sadly, this is the only momento I have of my Dad's time out there.
Don't Grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God has laid you see.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work, to play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Oh, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I've savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts and peace to thee,
God wanted me now, He set me free.