Captive Memories: Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine & the Far East POW experience

Posted on 06/07/2011 by


In March 2007, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in partnership with the Imperial War Museum’s sound archive, began a two-year oral history project concerned with Far East prisoners of war (FEPOW) experiences. And now the oral history interviews are online.

The FEPOW Oral History Project focuses on the British experience of Far East captivity. The imperative was to capture, before it was too late, the memories and long-term perspective of veterans who are now in their late 80s and 90s. The Project was intended to be as broad as possible: interviewing men across all services – Army, Navy, Air Force and Merchant Navy – all ranks and, importantly, as many areas of captivity as possible.

In a little over 14 months 62 FEPOW were interviewed: officers and Other Ranks of all the services, men who were in captivity from Burma to Borneo, from Sumatra to New Guinea and Japan (including a few from the more remote corners of South East Asia), have taken part in the Project.

The interviews, along with contextual information, are now on-line thanks in part to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The website and interviews can be accessed at .



The Guardian picked up news about the project and published an article on 4th July 2011 here. Those wishing to make use of the clips in educational settings can access some downloadable clips from the Guardian newspaper’s Teacher Network Teaching Resources