Prisoner of War Correspondence, Japanese Occupation of the Far East 1942 – 45

Prisoner of War Correspondence, Japanese Occupation of the Far East 1942 – 45

Introduction

This is my exhibit which has done best Nationally and Internationally.

I started collecting this material in a round-about way. I was collecting New Zealand Prisoner of War Lettercards when I saw some interesting items on E-bay. They were part of the Percy Wellington correspondence that related to a New Zealander who was with the Royal Air Force in Singapore WWII, when the Japanese invaded. He escaped to Batavia, was captured by the Japanese and spent the rest of the war in a number of POW camps. The items were Lettercards produced for use to POWs in Europe, and some Postcards produced towards the end of the war for use to Asia. The seller was Mr Graham Reynolds, Kent, England. I purchased about three scarce items from him, and looked at what else he was selling on E-bay. There was a lot of other POW material relating to the Japanese occupation, and I contacted him asking if he was selling his collection. The answer was no,; he was selling his duplicates. I commented at the time, if he ever wanted to sell his collection, let me know. Some time later he approached me, and on a subsequent visit to England and Ireland, the purchase was made.Since then, the collection has been substantially added to including items from David Tett’s sale in Hong Kong which I was able to attend and buy some of what I thought were the better items.

Graham Reynolds accumulated his collection by writing in longhand to over 2000 known POWs from Britain and the Allies, using a list provided by the British Home Office. That would not happen today!

Awards for this exhibit have included:

Canberra Stampshow 2014, Large Gold, 92 Points, Special Prize

Baypex 2014 Stamp Show, Large Gold, 91 points, Large Gold

The Capital Stamp Show 2015, 93 points, Large Gold

Philataipei 2016 World Stamp Exhibition, Gold

World Stamp Show – NY2016, Large Vermeil

Melbourne 2017 FIAP Stamp & Coin Show, Large Vermeil

Bandung 2017 World Stamp Exhibition, Gold

Royalpex 2017 Stamp Show, 90 points, Large Gold

NZ 2020 Stamp Exhibition, Large Gold, 94 points, Special Prize

Stockholmia 2019, Large Gold 95 points

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