Selarang to Sonkurai
POWs at Changi
Changi Prisoner of War Camp contained most of the Australians captured in Singapore on 17 February 1942. They occupied Selarang Barracks, which remained the AIF Camp at Changi until June 1944 when they were moved to Changi Gaol. Changi tended to be a transit camp for many prisoners who were shipped out on working parties to Japan, Thailand and Burma. Compared to these working party camps Changi often saw less severe suffering. A concert party of prisoners entertained fellow detainees on a regular basis until this was stopped by the Japanese guards towards the end of the war. Guards occasionally attended these concerts, and their presence often meant that subject matter would have to be censored. The Japanese surrender saw many POWs from working camps return to Changi to recover before being returned home.