In 2011 it was announced on the Taiwan POW Society website that photos of the graves of the former Taiwan POWs who are buried at Sai Wan War Cemetery in Hong Kong were available from the Society to POWs, family members, historians etc. - FREE of CHARGE. At the same time it was mentioned that photos of other war graves in the cemeteries in Hong Kong were available from Tony Banham, and that the Thai-Burma Railway Centre (TBRC) in Thailand would also pass on photos from the cemeteries at Kanchanaburi, Chungkai and Thanbyuzayat, Burma - all at no cost as well.
Another member living in Asia - Tony Beck, who has photographed literally thousands of war graves and memorials throughout the region, has joined with us and on July 1, 2012 we launched the
ASIA WAR GRAVES PHOTO GROUP (AWGPG)
The purpose of the group is to distribute good quality photos of war graves and names on the various memorials from the war cemeteries located all across Asia - FREE OF CHARGE - to POWs, family members, relatives, researchers and historians – with the sole aim of keeping the memory of the veterans and POWs alive, so that present and future generations will not forget the sacrifices they have made so far from home. We want to help ensure that they are not forgotten. All the photos we provide are FREE - there is no "donation" required.
Most of the families and friends of the Far East veterans and prisoners of war will never get a chance to visit the graves of those who died in Asia due to the distance and the expense involved. Hopefully by providing these photos, we will be able to provide closure in many people’s lives by supplying them with a photo of the final resting place of their loved one. In addition - in many cases, we can also supply more detailed information about a POW.
We offer FREE photos of ALL the graves and ALL the names on ALL the memorials from the following Asian cemeteries:
THAILAND - Kanchanaburi and Chung Kai
BURMA - Thanbyuzayat, Rangoon, Taukkyan
MALAYSIA - Taiping, Cheras Road, Terendak, Malacca, Labuan-Borneo
SINGAPORE - Kranji + pre/post WW2 sites
HONG KONG - Sai Wan, Stanley, Happy Valley and more - 12 cemeteries in total
INDONESIA - Jakarta, Ambon, ANCOL Netherlands Field of Honour
JAPAN - Yokohama
PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Port Moresby (Bomana), Lae and Rabaul (Pika Pata)
SRI LANKA: Colombo, Kandy, Trincomalee.
INDIA - Kohima and both cemeteries at Imphal
ISRAEL - Ramlah and Khayat Beach
In addition, all the grave photos of the AMERICAN POWs who died in Taiwan and are buried and commemorated in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at the Punchbowl Hawaii, the Manila American Cemetery, and National VA Cemeteries and private sites in the USA, are available from the Taiwan POW Society.
Our Group specializes in photos of the names on the many memorials – we have all 25,000 names on the SINGAPORE / KRANJI MEMORIAL, all 27,000 names on the TAUKKYAN / RANGOON MEMORIAL, as well as other memorials such as SAI WAN, LABUAN and YOKOHAMA. We are finding that over 60% of requests are for names on memorials and we are happy to be able to supply them – FREE of CHARGE on request. Please kindly supply the location / panel number when requesting photos of names on memorials.
For photos of graves and names on memorials in these respective areas, please contact:
Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society - society (at) powtaiwan.org
Thai-Burma Railway Centre - admin (at) tbrconline.com
Tony Banham - Hong Kong War Diary - tony (at) hongkongwardiary.com
Tony Beck - All Asia Cemeteries & Memorials - nt872b (at) hotmail.com
Note: Copyright is retained by the photographer and the AWGPG. By requesting a free photograph you agree that the photograph will be for your personal use only and will not under any circumstances be sold.
"AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING,
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM! "
NOTE: As more cemeteries and memorials become available we will endeavour to keep you informed. Please watch our websites for update information or contact any of the above if you have a question.
Please help us to spread the word about the Asia War Graves Photo Group around the FEPOW Community and we hope that many will avail themselves of our FREE services.