Nurses POW ID Badge Java 1942-45

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Nurses POW ID Badge Java 1942-45

The nursing identification badge was handmade and worn by my father's sister in a Japanese POW camp in Java (former Dutch East Indies) during the Second World War. As a Dutch national she, with her parents, uncles, aunts, nephews, and nieces were incarcerated from 1942 until the Japanese surrender in August 1945. My aunt looked after those fellow prisoners who fell ill during their imprisonment, as the war progressed conditions became increasingly severe due to ill treatment and lack of food. At the war's end these POW's were immediately re imprisoned by the Indonesian Nationalists but my aunt and grandmother were able to make an extremely dangerous journey from East Java to Batavia (now Jakarta) where they met up with Allied forces. My father was a Dutch naval officer who was able to escape from Surabaya-Java with a naval squadron and finished up in Falmouth, Cornwall (Dutch Naval HQ) where he met my mother who was a WRNS naval officer. For me this badge is emblematic of those troubled times and people's resilience, it is also a personal reminder of how my parents came to meet.

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