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Life on a Hospital Ship

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posted on 2024-06-05, 19:51 authored by Their Finest Hour Project Team

Father took photos as a hobby through the war. He was on a Hospital ship, mainly in the Pacific Ocean. He was an electrician on HMS Jerusalem (see below). The ship had several tasks including collecting prisoners of war from Japan and China when the war ended. The ship was built as a cruise liner but was converted into a hospital ship. (Note: Research and the photos show that the correct spelling and designation of this ship was "HMHS Gerusalemme")


Item list and details

1. Photos of a ship held after fire. 2. Photos of ships. 3. Photos of Aussie POWs. 5. Photos of Internees. 6. Photos of Japanese POWs. 7. Photos of Hong Kong. 8. Photos of a sunken Japanese ship. 9. Photos of a Japanese ship.  10. Photos of 'on board'. 11. Photos of a nurse. 12. Photos of a group of people. 13. Photos of an island view. 14. Photos of people. 15. Photos of a native. 16. Photos of Hong Kong Pagoda. 17. Photos of a party. 18. Photos of a Village in Malaya. 19. Photos of a shore party. 20. Photos of swimming. 21. Photos of HMHS Gerusalemme.

Person the story/items relate to

William John Fowler

Person who shared the story/items

Russell Fowler

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Type of submission

Shared at Ahmadiyyah Mosque Hall, Warwickshire on 7 October 2023. The event was organised by Leamington History Group.

Record ID

95401 | LEA021