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AN ECUMENICAL Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) remembrance service is soon to be held in Liverpool.

This service is being organised by NESA (National Ex Services Association) and The Irish Guards Singers (based in Liverpool).

The service will coincide with the 65th anniversary of VJ Day (Victory over Japan Day) which is Sunday, August 15. The location is Christ The King Church, 78 Queen's Drive, Childwall, Liverpool, L15 6YQ.

In previous years the FEPOW community has encouraged and helped to organise remembrance services of this kind.

This year we have chosen Liverpool as the central focal point for our remembrance. It is our understanding, at the time of writing, that the only FEPOW services in the UK this year will be held at the National Arboretum in Alrewas, George Square in Glasgow, Cambridgeshire and our own service in Liverpool.

Although we do not expect many surviving veterans of the Far Eastern campaign to travel to Liverpool for this service, we do expect that veterans of other conflicts from all eras and generations will be in attendance, as well as people from all walks of life.

We would like to honour this fading community of a generation a most respectful memory and offer any who wish to do so, and who cannot attend the other services, the opportunity to attend the service in Liverpool.

Our intention is to show appreciation, respect and remembrance to those who fought in the Far East during World War II and to allow others to do the same. There are not many living British survivors of the treacherous Japanese POW camps or of the fighting to liberate them.

Estimated figures suggest only around 300 are alive today. It is therefore expected that this service will be the last of its kind. Many families across the UK suffered the loss of loved ones or shared the anguish of those who survived and returned home after they had endured years of hellish torment.

It is not an easy task to trace/locate survivors and their families. Anyone who can help us in this is asked to contact me at the address below.

Robert Eyre Publications Secretary, NESA (National Ex-Services Association) PO Box 680, Stockport, Cheshire SK3 3AB E-mail: Telephone 0161 408 0878
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 5, 2010
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