First notes as a POW

May 17, 2009

After becoming a POW at Changi there was an interlude of twelve days before my father made the next entry in his notebook.  What he saw and experienced during this time one can only imagine, though he continued more or less where he left off.   The only obvious change is that he is no longer using a pen.

The first topic, rice eating, must have been very much top of mind.

Rice Eating

It is said that people who have been brought up from childhood on rice suffer from pot bellies.  This abnormal distention is not apparently injurious.

It’s a subject he would return to many times over the next three and a half years.  Indeed, the same might be said of the other topics on this page.

Liq Formaldihyde

This, when diluted down to about 10% solution, is a good anti-fly spray.  It is best used in place of ‘Flit’ in a ‘Flit’ gun.

Biniodide of Mercury, 1-100

This is an excellent disinfectant & when diluted down in water forms a good hand wash.

Tincture of Iodine

This can be used equally well for:-

Changi foot

Tropical ringworm

Dhobi itch

Book C, Page 48.

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