Harry Gordon Park
Person in Portrait: Harry Gordon Park
Harry Gordon Park arrived in Sumatra from England on 1 June 1939 at the age of 22 years, to take up employment as a factory manager for the London Sumatra Tea Company at the Marjandi tea plantation. When Japanese naval units began to threaten sea routes to South Asia, Park joined a volunteer brigade of about 30 tea and rubber planters in the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (Stadswacht) and contributed to defence efforts in the area. They were eventually captured in March 1942, but were spared execution and instead put to work on construction/repair works. Park has written a recollection of his time as a prisoner of war on the Burma-Siam Railway.Read More
Lim Jia Yi is a Research Fellow with the Singapore War Crimes Trials Project. Having written her undergraduate thesis on the Singapore trial interviews, she is interested in the social history of war and the rediscovery of forgotten stories.