Dennis and I visit to the Alrewas Memorial in August 2006.
Dennis pays a silent tribute to mates and the casualties of “the railways” of Burma and Sumatra
Jante (correct spelling) an assistant at the memorial, shows Dennis some stained glass windows and a photograph of a chapel. She was surprised when Dennis told her he had built part of it.
Replicas of two Java Memorial Windows made by a British naval officer, Lt Cdr H C Upton RNVR, while a prisoner of war at Tandjong Priok camp near Batavia, Java. They were designed for the tiny St. George's Chapel which had been built within the camp by the prisoners between April - July 1942. Over 60 years on, the originals survive and are on permanent display at the Anglican Church of All Saints, Jakarta. The replicas, alongside 2 additional windows by David Hillhouse are now on display at National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.
This meeting turned out well for him as she arranged for him to collect his veterans badge before he left.
Prisoner Of War Creed
You have never lived,
Until you have nearly died,
Those who have struggled for
Liberty, Life and the pursuit of Freedom,
Have a value of life
The protected will never know.