Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Lottery Funded Trip of Remembrance to Java

The JAVA Far East Prisoners of War Club 1942

“To keep going the spirit that kept us going”


Patrons: HRH The Countess of Wessex and Dame Vera Lynn DBE

In March 2012, John Babbage is taking a group of Far East POW’s / wives / widows / siblings on a poignant return visit to the locations where they were incarcerated, namely: JAVA, AMBON and HARUKU.

Sadly, out of a group of 23, the actual number of veterans in the group has gradually dwindled to only four. Bearing in mind the average age of the veterans is 90 plus, it’s hardly surprising. Regrettably, failing health is taking its toll.

This will probably be the last such visit for this group of people, so John wants to make absolutely sure that every Far East veteran out there is aware of this tour.

Subject to Big Lottery terms and conditions, the trip will be covered by lottery funding, to the value of £1800.00. An equal amount could be given for an accompanying relative and/or carer. This is absolutely the last chance, as this particular lottery funding ends 31st January 2012.

The visit to honour and remember what was sacrificed for us is being organised by John Babbage, who can be contacted by Tel. 01582 737 172 or email info@worldwartwoheritage.com

The trip includes members of The Java Far Eastern Prisoner of War Club, which is the largest and only remaining nationwide Club for these veterans and their widows.

The itinerary and bookings are currently being finalised – if you or anyone you know would like to find out about how to join this trip you can contact John Babbage through the World War Two Heritage website or to simply learn more about The Java FEPOW Club, you can visit the Club’s web site at http://www.thejavafepowclub42.org/

On a slightly different, although related, note, an appeal has gone out to help recover a brooch belonging to Dame Vera Lynn after she lost it during the Remembrance Day ceremony she was attending at the Royal Albert Hall. The brooch has great sentimental value, as it was gifted to her from Field Marshall Montgomery. BBC news item about it here.

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