Researching a Fepow
Researching service personnel can be difficult, but with a few steps, information can be found.
- If possible gain as much information from those who served and the next of kin. Letters, photographs, medals etc..
- Obtain the service record - this will have to be applied for.
- If a death occurred, visit the Commonwealth War Graves and the Roll of Honour
- Apply for the Japanese index card.
- Join the Fepow Community Group - free membership with its members sharing information
- Read as much as possible in book form or on the internet.
Research is similar to putting together a jigsaw, obtain one piece and it can lead to others, have patients and a picture will begin to form.
Service Records and Medals
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
Roll of Honour
Japanese Index Cards
Fepow Community Group
Crystal Radio - Tapes made by Fepows
Useful Information Links
Progress can be slow, make as many notes as possible, these might not at first seem relevant but they could be a piece needed later.
To give you an example Bernard’s research progress is included below. Researching into his fathers POW days had drawn limited response, but by chance this was changed overnight, a seed was sown and Bernard reaped a harvest.
Bernards Research Diary
Also Ann Bennett has supplied how she researched for her book ‘Bamboo Heart’
Ann Bennetts Research
Hope this helps, these pages will be added to in the near future.