Dates For Your Diary



Monday, August 15th 2016. Annual VJ Day Service


In the MVG Memorial Garden Plot at the National Memorial Arboretum at 12.00 noon.

Please let Rosemary or Jonathan know if you are attending.

Parking at the NMA is £3, admission free.



THE LONDON LUNCH -   October 22nd, 2016



Following the success of previous Lunches and Reunions, it has been decided to again hold the annual lunch at

The Royal Air Force Club in Piccadilly.  

See July newsletter for details. 

As one of London’s most prestigious clubs in the centre of the West End, the RAF Club is a beautifully furnished, listed building overlooking Green Park, at the Hyde Park Corner end of Piccadilly. It is easily accessible by bus, underground (Green Park or Hyde Park Corner) or taxi. The main Function Rooms are on the first floor, where the long corridor is lined on each side from floor to ceiling with Squadron Badges, both past and present, for those with an interest in Air Force military history. Throughout the club, and in particular along the ground floor corridor, there are many fine paintings – of aircraft, naturally – and busts of historical aviation personnel. A new stained glass window depicting a scene from WW1 as a pilot is scrambled to his aircraft, makes a worthy backdrop to the elegant staircase at the far end of the ground floor corridor. For those who find stairs difficult, there are 2 lifts one can use.

As with all private clubs today, security has to be tight.  Groups and Societies using the private Function Rooms must provide the Club with a list of people attending beforehand, and the number of covers has to be confirmed 48 hours before the event.  Therefore payment by cheque is requested BY 2nd SEPTEMBER 2016, together with the names of those attending the lunch. Cheques should be made payable to:-

R. Fell Malayan Volunteers Group

and sent to Millbrook House, Axminster, Devon. EX13 5EE.  The cheques will be cashed the following week.  

See July newsletter for details.  There will also be a Speaker and Raffle.

Club rules are kept to a minimum at weekends, but on arrival you are asked to report at the Reception Desk to a member of staff, giving your name and Group Function.  Overcoats, briefcases and other packages are not allowed in the public rooms.  These must be left in the cloakrooms – the main one is on the ground floor, but there is a Ladies’ Powder Room on the first floor next to the Victoria Bar where things may also be left.

More details about the RAF Club can be found on the website at:-



Legacies of Far East Captivity:
Sharing family archives,
histories and the post-war impact of health issues

9 – 11 June 2017, Liverpool

In conjunction with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM),
the Researching FEPOW History Group (RFHG) are co-hosting
the 6th International FEPOW History Conference, 9 – 11 June 2017.

Featuring FEPOW camps in Taiwan and Borneo;
Friday Night at the Flicks – FEPOW history in film;
PTSD and tropical disease,
the post-war aftermath for FEPOW and their families, plus much more.


Confirmed speakers include:
Anne Wheeler (Canadian film producer and creator of A War Story);
Frank Taylor (Australian military history tours, Borneo camps);
Rod Beattie (Thailand-Burma Railway Centre);
Jeya Jeyadurai (Changi Museum Singapore);
Michiel Schwartzenberg (International Committee of the Red Cross);
Flora Chong (ALPHA Education – teaching younger generations about the war in the Far East).

Registration forms can be downloaded here:


Delegate Fee held at £120 for the weekend.
BOOK EARLY! – registrations must be received before mid-September 2016.
Please send enquiries to Lizzie Oliver: