From the book, "Santo Tomas" by Frederic Stevens:

John Nicholson - American

May 7, 2009

My family and I are currently researching our Family History and my Mum had an Uncle who was a Malayan Police Officer in the 1930's but she remembers hearing as a child that he had been a POW at Changi. When my Mum went to the National Archives in Kew, London she was told that if he had served in Malay then his records would still be in Malaysia. Today we had a breakthrough and Mum found her Uncle's details and they are below:

Name: John Nicholson
Report Date: 30 Jan 1943
Latest Report Date: 30 Jul 1945
Grade: Civilian
Service Branch: Civilian
Area Served: Southwest Pacific Theatre: Philippine Islands
Detaining Country: Japan
Camp: Santo Tomas (PW and Civ) Manila Luzon Philippines 14-121
Status: Returned to Military Control, Liberated or Repatriated
Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

There is no mention of Changi (see also Changi Prison; and there are many more sites on-line), so I do not know if he was interned there initially and then moved to the Santo Tomas Camp in the Philippines later. It is quite a mystery and I am struggling to find out where I can obtain records from.

John did survive and went back to the Malay Police Force.

Finding your website was excellent but I realise that it is mainly for Americans. Would you know where I could start looking or asking regarding finding info or records of POW's/Internees? Thank you for a wonderful website, keep up the good work.

Kindest Regards,


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