embroidered sheet, Far East Civilian internee

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Catalogue number
  • EPH 3849
Display status
IWM London
Place made
Stanley Internment Camp, Hong Kong
Materials
  • cloth
Dimensions
  • general: Width 203.5 cm
  • general: Length 243 cm
Alternative Names
  • FULL NAME: embroidered sheet, Far East Civilian internee
  • SIMPLE NAME: POW
Object Type
relic
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

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Embroidered cloth sheet associated with the experiences of Mrs Day Joyce as an internee in Stanley Camp, Hong Kong during the Second World War. In March 1940 Mrs Day Joyce (née Daisy Mary Sage) accepted a job as a biologist for the Hong Kong Education Department. After the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong on 7 December 1941 she joined other auxiliary nurses to work in La Salle College, an emergency hospital. After the capture of the island she was interned in Stanley Camp. During her internment she embroidered this sheet, which contains approximately 1,100 embroidered names of other internees in the Camp. It also contains two years' of camp diaries in coded words, signs, symbols and colours. The sheet was hidden between the rugs on her camp bed. For further information see 'The Day Joyce Sheet' by Bernice Archer (February 2002) held in the Department of Exhibits and Firearms and also 'Ordinary People: The Sheet'. Mrs Day Joyce's memoirs are held in the IWM's Department of Documents.

History note

In March 1940 Mrs Day Joyce (née Daisy Mary Sage) accepted a job as a biologist for the Hong Kong Education Department. After the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong on 7 December 1941 she joined other auxiliary nurses to work in La Salle College, an emergency hospital. She had trained as an auxiliary nurse on the outbreak of war. After the capture of the island she was interned in Stanley Camp. Throughout the war Day kept a diary on loose sheets of paper which she hid in a pair of Chinese pyjamas. During her internment she embroidered this sheet, which contains approximately 1,100 embroidered names of other internees in Stanley Camp. It also contains two years' of camp diaries in coded words, signs, symbols and colours. She called it a record of the ‘big and little things, simple and important things’ and stated that ‘It was not begun with any purpose in mind, nor was it continued with any after-the-war ideas. It was simply a hand steadying, mind employing, secret thought recorder of my own.’ in the camp. The sheet was hidden between the rugs on her camp bed. For further information see 'The Day Joyce Sheet' by Bernice Archer (February 2002) held in the Department of Exhibits and Firearms and also 'Ordinary People: The Sheet'. Mrs Day Joyce's memoirs are held in the IWM's Department of Documents.

Physical description

cloth sheet with over 1,100 embroidered signatures.

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