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|Ah, Japanese POW: may be a huge problem.|
Iím in the middle of collating our japanese listings and they number of 15,000 names, however some records are very scant, most are japan only (not territories theyíd conquered) and I have plenty of information and help from experts that tell me that thereís a good deal of inaccuracy in the original documents.
Itís heartbreaking, but weíll launch those soon: and theyíll be free of charge completely of course.
Iíve had a quick peek and there is a Cyril Raymond Howells listed but heís RAF are you at all sure about the service or regiment/rank?
German - I can confirm the details the wartime memories site has given you: they came from the original public record office data which we also have.
There are no Chrstian names in full at all though so this doesnít help.
Unfortunately the only way to find more officially is to contact the International red cross research centre in Geneva but I belive they take years to find information & even then, with all due respect, itís not a lot really
and its 200SF (£170) for a request (I donít think they would be any use for japanese camps as although they did visit, contrary to popular belief) it was very, very few and far between in comparison to the German camps).