First World War - War in the Air

identity tag, Far-East POW

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 87
Materials
  • plastic
  • wire
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: identity tag, Far-East POW
  • SIMPLE NAME: POW
Object Type
personal equipment
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

Label

Second World War Far East prisoner of war (POW) identity tag issued to Major W T Carden whilst a prisoner of the Japanese in Shamshuipo camp, Hong Kong and also in camps in mainland Japan. At the time the recipient was a Warrant Officer in the Royal Army Pay Corps. The number '176' on the tag denotes the camp number ('Haku Nanaju Roku') and the symbol below the number signifies that the prisoner was also a camp fireman. See also the private papers associated with W T Carden held by the Department of Documents, catalogue reference 84/13/1.

History note

Identity tag issued to Major W T Carden whilst a POW in Shamshuipo camp, Hong Kong and Nagasaki and Omine camps in Japan where he worked in the mines. Prior to capture he had been an NCO in the Royal Army Pay Corps. The number ‘176’ indicates the camp number (‘Haku Nanaju Roku’) and the symbol below signifies that he was also a camp fireman.

Physical description

Far-East POW Identity tag consisting of a disc, badge and wire.

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176

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Japanese characters denoting camp fireman

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