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Edinburgh Woman Recalls Changi

Discussion in 'WWII Today' started by GRW, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "A Capital woman born in a Singaporean POW camp has recalled the moment her family learned the Second World War was coming to an end.
    With the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan Day, or VJ Day, as it is better known, fast approaching, Jenny Martin, 77, is in reflective mood due to her poignant, personal connection with the historic moment.
    Saturday, August 15, 1945 witnessed Imperial Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri, effectively bringing the Second World War to an end.
    The surrender sparked celebrations across the globe, but for Jenny and her family, the day was particularly joyous.
    Jenny’s mother was still carrying her when, in 1942, the Imperial Japanese army invaded Singapore. They were sent to the Changi Prison Camp where Jenny would spend the first three years of her life."

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  2. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Dec 1, 2010
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    Mention of Changi can't go by without remembering Weary Dunlop...
    "A courageous leader and compassionate doctor, he restored morale in those terrible prison camps and jungle hospitals. Dunlop defied his captors, gave hope to the sick and eased the anguish of the dying. He became, in the words of one of his men, "a lighthouse of sanity in a universe of madness and suffering". His example was one of the reasons why Australian survival rates were the highest."
    What a champion...One of Australia's best. Thanks for posting Gordon.
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  3. ColHessler

    ColHessler Member

    Dec 5, 2010
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    Um, the surrender on the Missouri was signed on 2 September.

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