Books for October

Changi Connection by David Tett

    David Tett - Would it be possible to add under my book ( Changi Connection) under publisher - BFA Publishing PO Box 34 Wheathampstead Herts AL4 8LN

    Published 2002

    This is a " Postal History of the POWs and Civilian Internees in East Asia during the Second World War. Volume 1 - Singapore and Malaya 1942- 1945"



Author - Lynette Silver

      b.horton -

      How to contact Lynette Silver, Historian, Australian 8th Div.

      Does anyone have a contact address or Email address for
      Lynette Silver, Historian, Australian 8th Div.

      Ron - From

      Accomplished local author on a variety of topics, particularly investigative history.

      While her investigations include areas further a field than Australia, you can see from the titles and descriptions below that there is VERY much a local community focus. This is evidenced by an article in the Hornsby Advocate, Thursday March 18, 1999 entitled "Finally at rest after life in the hell hole".


      Contact Details:
      Phone/Fax: 02 9489 3949
      Email -
      Home Page -


      Books - * Denotes books out of print

      A Fool's Gold?

      The 1851 gold discovery in NSW

      (Jacaranda Press, 1986) *


      Unsung Heroes & Heroines of Australia

      An official bicentennial publication

      (Suzy Baldwin, ed., Greenhouse Publishing, 1988)


      The Battle of Vinegar Hill - Australia's Irish Rebellion 1804

      The convict uprising of 1804, and the only book published, to date, on the subject
      (Doubleday, 1989) * - This book is to be reprinted


      The Heroes of Rimau

      The 1943 and 1944 Allied commando raids on Singapore Harbour
      (Sally Milner Publishing, 1990. British edition published in 1991 by Leo Cooper under Pen & Sword imprint.)

      Krait: The Fishing Boat that Went to War

      The story of a former Japanese fishing vessel, used by commandos for the 1943 raid on Singapore Harbour
      (Sally Milner Publishing, 1992) *


      Fabulous Furphies - 10 Great Myths from Australia's Past

      Debunking some of the myths in Australian history, from the time of white settlement until World War II
      (Sally Milner Publishing, 1987)


      On This Rock, The Church of St Peter, Hornsby, 1898-1996

      A social history of both the church and the settlement of Hornsby over 100 years
      (St Peter's Church, 1998)

      Sandakan - A Conspiracy of Silence

      The tragic story of the fate of 2434 Australian and British prisoners of war, sent to Sandakan, Borneo, in 1942-43, a camp from which only 6 emerged alive
      (Sally Milner Publishing, 1998)


Moon Over Malaya

      Keith - >Janet, Hello Folks,and in particular for this message, Janet Jacobs.
      I recently purchased a book titled "Moon over Malaya", and had the pleasure of meeting one of the authors, Jonathan Moffatt at the National Memorial Arboretum in August.

      Reading through the book, which is a very good read, and well researched, I came across the story of the two brothers, one with cholera, the other not. The uninfected one insisted in visiting his sick brother, the sick one lived the other died.

      Do you remember that story your father related to you. If I am reading this right, and if Ron has the book he may be able to confirm, the camp is noted as Kuima (page 201, last paragraph)but I cannot trace the camp from this name, suspect it was near the Thai - Burma border, but cannot be sure.

      I hope you are keeping well, if you need a little light relief, this book has a couple of great "elephant" tales, plus one about a Jap Colonel's dog! Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "a dogs dinner"

      Janet - >Keith,

      Thank you so much, yes I remember the story, I am actually very humled that Dad remembered so much, in such infinate detail and the fact that at times I doubted his ability to recelect these so accurately.

      He always told me he was up there in the Tavoy area of Burma, and in a letter he wrote while waiting to get home he relays the story of his time up there to my Mum in much detail.

      Re the Elephant stories, Dad always told this story of the " Bad tempered " elephant.

      They were working cutting teak trees and the elephants were being used to pull the huge tree trunks up to the site of the railway. One day they had finished work and the mahoot (spelling-? ) was taking this particular elephant to the river to bathe him, he said the animal seemed to be " on a mission " and the mahoot was jesturing that they should quickly clear out of his CHOOSEN pathway. One bloke said words to the effect " Oh yeah right - you think I'm gonna get out of the way for a ****ing elephant ", the mahoot was shouting but the guy defied the elephant and his handler and stood where he was. The elephant did no more but picked the guy up and slammed him against a tree trunk at emormous speed, the guy was unconsious and died . My Dad always had an exceptionally healthy respect for elephants after that, but knowing a little bit about young bull elephants I suspect that he was in musk and being more than stroppy, however the poor bloke lost his life, my Dad always said " yes it's sad, but the elephant didn't ask to be a Japnese POW either, he should have given the animal and his "driver " ( his word for the handlers ) more respect.

      Keith to this day I wonder if there wasn't more than an ounce of mickey taking on his part against me !

      Isn't it brilliant when a story one has heard and then relayed oneself, is confirmed at a later date.

      Ron - >Keith

      I haven't got the book Moon over Malaya but the library has.
      I will get it and have a read.
      For anyone in Norfolk try using the online Norfolk Library Site at:
      You can see which books they have in their libraries.


The History of the Royal Artillery - Far East Theatre

      Keith - >Linda, I notice that the Royal Artillery Museum have a book on the Guns and Gunners of Hong Kong by Denis Rollo, a retired RA officer. I have not seen the book.
      The History of the Royal Artillery, Far East Theatre has been published, and in my case purchased, and covers the battle for Hong Kong from the RA viewpoint.
      I will visit your site in the very near future.

      Stuart - Do you have full title/ISBN? At a glance, does it have much on RA in JAva?





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