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Researching a Fepow

Researching service personnel can be difficult, but with a few steps, information can be found.

  1. If possible gain as much information from those who served and the next of kin. Letters, photographs, medals etc..
  2. Obtain the service record - this will have to be applied for.
  3. If a death occurred, visit the Commonwealth War Graves and the Roll of Honour
  4. Apply for the Japanese index card.
  5. Join the Fepow Community Group - free membership with its members sharing information
  6. 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 Service Records and Medals

Commonwealth War Graves Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

Roll of Honour Roll of Honour

Japanese Index Cards Japanese Index Cards

Liberation Questionnaires Liberation Questionnaires

Fepow Community Group Fepow Community Group

Crystal Radio Crystal Radio - Tapes made by Fepows

Articles Articles

Books Books

Ex-Gratia Payment Ex-Gratia Payment

Useful Information Links 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 Bernards Research Diary

Also Ann Bennett has supplied how she researched for her book ‘Bamboo Heart’

Ann Bennetts Research Ann Bennetts Research

Hope this helps, these pages will be added to in the near future.


Sharing information with others is rewarding in itself, the pieces from the jigsaw begin to fit together and a picture begins to appear. Improve your knowledge and help make the Fepow Story an everlasting memorial to their memory.

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and their story will live on.


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