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Document Details


Title: James Whittaker
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: Concordia University, St. Paul. Department of History
Collection: Prisoner of War Oral History Project
Description: James Whittaker was born on 20 June 1921 in the industrial city of Manchester, England. After leaving school at fourteen, which was not uncommon at that time, he had several odd jobs before deciding in 1938 to continue a family tradition and enlist in the British Army. When Britain went to war in 1939, Jim was serving with the Royal Corps of Signals; stationed in London, he survived the 1940-1 German air attacks on the city, and in November 1941 was posted to Singapore. When Japan attacked throughout Asia in December 1941, Jim was among thousands of Allied troops captured by Japanese forces.
URL: http://people.csp.edu/saylor/POWproject/POWinterviews/WhittakerJ.htm
Original Language: English
Time span: Not indicated ... to 2002 (Year of interview)
Speaker: Whittaker, James (Jim), 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 20-Jun-1921
Speaker place of birth: Manchester, England; England; United Kingdom; Europe
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Age at speaking: 81
Document location: Brooklyn Center, MN
Document date: 2002
Interviewer: Saylor, Thomas
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Asia; Europe; Japan; Singapore; United Kingdom
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Asia; Europe; Great Britain--Armed Forces; Japan; Oral history; Prisoners of war; Singapore; United Kingdom; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, British; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034060-37402