Catalogue description War Office: Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees, Second World War
|Title:||War Office: Japanese Index Cards of Allied Prisoners of War and Internees, Second World War|
This series comprises some 50,000 pre-printed cards of uncertain provenance. They appear to have been compiled by a central Japanese authority which has not been identified. There has been some degree of Allied assistance in compiling, maintaining etc.
The index cards record (with certain exceptions, consistently) the following details:
Diagonal red lines across some cards appear to indicate that the prisoners were dead.
Whilst for Prisoner's Camp Number the relevance of a number has been established, the significance of other numbers or letter/number combinations has not been established.
All those cards marked in red along the top right edge are also stamped in the top left corner with a rectangular box marked with four Japanese characters which have been interpreted simply as 'File Reference'. The boxes contain sequential numbers 1-11,838, and it may be that these cards were originally maintained separately.
For registers which complement or supplement the cards in this series see WO 367
|Held by:||The National Archives, Kew|
|Legal status:||Public Record(s)|
|Language:||English and Japanese|
War Office, Adjutant General, Directorate of Prisoners of War, 1940-1945
|Physical description:||58 box(es)|
|Custodial history:||These cards came into the possession of South East Asia Command, which passed them to the War Office in London.|
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