This box contained my father's daily rice ration when he was a Prisoner of War in Japan. My father was arrested in Singapore in 1941, and was a prisoner until 1945.
The contents of the box include a photograph of the time of his liberation, dated 28th August, 1945; on the back it reads 'Eleven days and human beings once more'. Also inside are his Burma Star badge, a wooden identification tag and his little forces Bible, in which he has listed all the camps he had been in and the times he had suffered from malaria and dysentery.
The box and its contents are a reminder of times of great hardship and courage. It can never tell the full story of day to day existence of the Prisoners of War, but it does provide moving evidence of wartime resilience and survival.