POW documents1943

by Arthur Moon

As a senior medical officer at Tamarkan, Moon endured appalling conditions. He had to use bamboo whisks to remove clotting agents from blood before transfusions; and he amputated patients’ limbs using the cook-house saw. Despite this, Moon saved hundreds of lives until he was moved to another camp in December 1943. Before leaving Tamarkan, he buried documents in a tin. After the Japanese surrendered in 1945, he recovered the tin and its contents, some of which are on display in the Amaze gallery.