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Soldier lads 1st May 1940
Soldier lads 1st May 1940: Harry Berry is on the right, smoking
Omori POW camp, Japan
Omori POW camp, Japan
Japanese guard hitting a POW at the camp
Japanese guard hitting a POW at the camp
Work party - the crate dropped on Harry's foot
Work party - the crate dropped on Harry's foot
Harry's wife Gwen, this photo was carried during the war
Harry's wife Gwen, this photo was carried during the war
Harry at piano 1946
Harry at piano 1946
May 1945 'Let's Go' Programme face
May 1945 'Let's Go' Programme face
POW camp show Cinderella, Christmas Eve 1944
Christmas Eve 1944 - camp show Cinderella
May 1945 'Let's Go' Programme details
May 1945 'Let's Go' Programme details
Liberated POWs on HMS Speaker 1945
Liberated POWs on HMS Speaker 1945

Japanese POW

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Linda West recently discovered recordings her father made of songs he wrote during his time as a POW in Formosa and Japan.
 
Linda's father, Harry Berry died earlier this year at the age of 87.

Whilst sorting through 100s of his old tape recordings of jazz she discovered recordings her dad had made, self accompanied on the organ in his mid 70s, of songs he'd written during his time as a POW.

She also found 100s of letters and diaries he'd written from 1940-45 to her mother, Gwen. She also has a Christmas card to her mother smuggled out by a Japanese Priest in 1944.
 
My Darling Wife.The true wartime letters and diaries of Harry Berry to Gwen 1940-1945
by Harry Berry 

(see Harry and Gwen's website below for further details and listen to the songs Harry wrote as a Japanese POW)


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