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identity tag, Far-East POW© IWM (EPH 87)

Identity tag issued to Major W T Carden whilst a POW in Shamshuipo camp, Hong Kong and Nagasaki and Omine camps in Japan where he worked in the mines. Prior to capture he had been an NCO in the Royal Army Pay Corps. The number ‘176’ indicates the camp number (‘Haku Nanaju Roku’) and the symbol below signifies that he was also a camp fireman. He kept a graphic diary during his captivity, which he hid in a hole in the ground used by prisoners as a toilet. ‘Deaths very frequent although no one takes much notice these days’, diary entry by Bill Carden while in Shamshuipo camp in 1942