Recollections of WW2 by Allen Godfrey Jones 4th Anti Tank
My father had a little leather
bound pocket book. This is what he wrote in it after the war.I am surprised and grateful he made it out alive.
I have typed the following from his original handwriting so I may have made
errors in transcribing the words especially the Japanese ones.
My father Bill and his brother Peter
Australian Ex-Prisoners of War
Ballarat Victoria Photos taken 2005
Some Emails I
have received re my site
23rd July 2005
"Hi Kathryn, thank you for the link ...... what a great website and
tribute to your dad! I tried emailing you from there but I couldn't get
it to work. My dad was also in Fukuoka camp 17.. he is a Marine from the
U.S. captured on Corregidor. I was especially amazed by the note you
have posted, near the bottom of the page, from "Dark" to
"Buck" about the American whose leg was cut off during a Red Cross
food drop. My dad has talked about that. He was right there when it happened.
20th August 2005
From my cousin
"Mum told me that Uncle Peter had a
head injury when he was a POW. Apparently on one occasion he was given
an order by a guard and when he was slow to react the guard raised his rifle
butt to bash him. Your Father stopped him from doing this and everyone
was amazed that they were both not killed as a result"
7th October 2005
You have done such a beautiful, organized presentation that you are an
inspiration for me to write a web page for my parents.
I sent your first link to the Red Horse list, my husband's AirForce
engineering unit (VietNam era) and your pages received praise.
Unfortunately, I thoughtlessly deleted them before I thought that you should
have received them and would have appreciated all the vets who said your
pages were a wonderful tribute to your father.
11th November 2005
" Been interesting looking at your photo's.
At times like this I remember them.
Thank you for sharing
Peggy & Max
11th November 2005
"Really good web site with interesting info. You've put a lot of work
23rd January 2006
What a beautiful and moving Tribute........I was
moved to tears as I read your Fathers Letters.
You have so obviously worked hard at collating
and completing such a wonderful and lasting memory to not only your own
Father, but also to his friends and colleagues.
I live here in Britain, and my Father was a
Royal Navy man.......on the Russian convoys and later to the Far
East........he never forgave the Japanese for their atrocities, and he went
to his grave with exactly those same emotions. He was in Burma and Rangoon
when VE day was being celebrated here........he resented being parted from
his Family and my Mum. Fortunately, he came home and they married in 1946
and had four children"
"Thank you so much for allowing me such an
insight into your Fathers past....and for keeping alive the memories of
those young and innocent men who fought to give us the freedoms that we take
so much for granted these days........
I have kept your website page so I can re - read
the contents and think about what a hell it must have been for them......and
the joys of returning...
With Kind Regards & Best Wishes to you and
23rd September 2006
" Thank you for the lovely website memorial
for your father. You have done a great job. My own father's
brother, US Navy Coxswain was captured at Corregidor in the Philippines and
died in the Osaka POW Camp in 1943. These men deserve all the credit
they can get.