Poetry in Captivity
Some quite remarkable poetry was written in captivity, as
well as many other examples of great creativity. Whether light
hearted or profound, all bear the signs of captivity and serve
as a poignant reminder of that time.
This is not presented as a comprehensive collection, but to
serve as examples of what was done.
Taken from a collection by the late Maurice Rooney, ex Royal
Singapore Anon 1943
Anon February, 1942
Verses from Changi POW Camp
John Clement, 5th Field Regt. RA
The Hill on Taiwan
Trumpeter Arthur Smith, 1943
Our Feathered Friend, the
Sparrow Anon, 1943-1945
Thoughts of England
W Richardson, 1943
Released Anon, August 1945
with his singing of "Down the Mine"
Ω and "Laughing Boy"
Ω written by Trumpeter Arthur Smith, reflecting life
to listen to recording.
Provided by Jack Plant, ex RAF
The Guns of Peace
Sgt David Griffin, AIF
Of the large numbers produced, among the most remarkable are the
Changi murals, by Bdr. Stanley Warren, about which more can be
Sketches of camp life are typified in:
To the Kwai - and Back War
Drawings 1939-1945 by Ronald Searle Published by W Collins Sons & Co Ltd
1986 ISBN 0 00 217436 7
and those on this website that can be found in the section at the top of this
page Pictorial record - Korea
Let us also remember the numerous places of worship that were built by the
prisoners - for example
St Georges, Changi
St Georges, Kanburi
Synagogue of Ohel
and many others