Capt Robert Paton – Hunger
Posted on: Mon 11 Sep 2017
The period during and after world wars one and two caused extreme hunger in many parts of the world. Prisoners of War were among the hardest hit by hunger….. today our colleague Fiona White reads from her father, Captain Robert Paton’s wartime diary. It was written by Robert when he was a POW in the infamous Changi Camp.
Most prisoner activities suffered after May 1942 when large work parties began to be sent out of Changi to work on projects such as the Burma-Thailand railway. In February 1942 there were around 15,000 Australians in Changi; by mid-1943 less than 2,500 remained.
Read by Fiona White