Drawings and photographs documenting life in a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp

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Tamakan bridge which was bombed by the RAF<br />
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Cartoon drawings and photographs documenting life in a brutal Japanese prisoner of war camp have been found in an archive belonging to a former soldier. <br />
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The satirical sketches depicting the plight of the British PoWs were produced in secret by Captain Harry Witheford and fell inmate Ronald Searle, the famous illustrator. <br />
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The scenes included the notorious Changi PoW camp in Singapore and the building of the 'Death Railway' along the River Kwai in Burma. <br />
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There are three previously unseen cartoons by Searle. <br />
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One is a sketch to mark Capt Witheford's wife Edna's birthday on April 10, 1944, which shows four officers wearing only loincloths toasting her with mugs of beer.<br />
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Searle also created a calendar for his friend which depicted an image of an army officer lying besides a naked blonde woman. <br />
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Capt Witheford's accomplished work includes a drawing of a prisoner having a bath covered in sunburns from working on the railway.