Since early in 1997 there has been an effort to recognize the former Commonwealth and Allied prisoners of war in Taiwan who suffered at the hands of the Japanese during World War II. This project which was known originally as the KINKASEKI POW MEMORIAL PROJECT, came about as a result of information coming to light late in 1996 about the notorious Japanese prisoner of war camp at Jinguashi, Taiwan, formerly known as Kinkaseki. Michael Hurst MBE, a Canadian expat living in Taipei, formed a committee to organize a memorial service for the men of Kinkaseki in May of 1997, and this ultimately led to the construction of a memorial to the POWs of Kinkaseki and the other POW camps in Taiwan. The Kinkaseki / Taiwan POW Memorial was officially dedicated on November 23, 1997.
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The war was over; the Japanese, who had ruled Taiwan for 50 years, left the island, and the Taiwan Metal Mining Co. took over the operation of what had been the largest...TOROKU POW CAMP MEMORIAL DEDICATED
After five years in the works, a memorial to honour the American and British POWs who were held in the Toroku POW Camp from November 1944 to April 1945 was dedicated on Saturday June 6, 2009. The...THE STORY OF THE BOMBING OF THE ENOURA MARU Address given at the Memorial Service for the men who suffered and died on the hellship Enoura Maru at KaohsiungTaiwan - January 9, 1945 by Michael Hurst MBE, Director, Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society
Thank you all...A WORLD WAR II REMEMBRANCE IN TAIPEI
by Jerome F. Keating Ph.D., Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society Board Member
Taiwan abounds with historical sites, many of which residents pass by everyday with scant recollection of what went on there. One such place in Taipei...TAIWAN POW CAMPS MEMORIAL SOCIETY DIRECTOR AWARED THE M.B.E.
(CP-Taiwan) Michael Hurst, the Founder and Director of the Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society, traveled to London England in October 2002 to receive a very special award - the Member of the Order of the British Empire....