This photo of FEPOW veterans was taken after a powerful and moving service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving at the Church of St Peter Mancroft Norwich on Thursday August 15th 2103 on the 68th Anniversary of VJ Day.
Also in the photograph are the Right Reverend Alan Winton, Bishop of Thetford, who preached at the service, Captain Tom Tulloch, Naval Advisor to the Canadian High Commission with the Sheriff of Norwich, Mr Graham Creelman and Mrs Vivica Parsons and the FEPOW Chaplain Mrs Pauline Simpson.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mr Charlie Barratt (son of a FEPOW) was also present although he is not in the photograph.
The photo was taken after the service at the Norwood Suite, Assembly Rooms where 100 guests enjoyed a buffet lunch organised by the National FEPOW Fellowship Welfare Remembrance Association (NFFWRA).
Mrs Robin Eaton, widow of Tom Eaton, former President of the Norwich FEPOW Association who arranged the FEPOW Memorial in the Church of St Peter Mancroft in 1987, read a lesson at the service and her son and 2 grandsons laid a wreath at the memorial. Major Reeve (Royal Norfolk’s) and a former Trustee of the Central FEPOW Welfare Fund also read a lesson.
We were honoured to have with us one of our NFFWRA Patrons Patrick Toosey, the son of Lieutenant Colonel Philip Toosey, who was put in charge of constructing the Bridge On the River Kwai by the Japanese.
Around 200 people attended the service including the 20 FEPOWs, spouses and many widows of former FEPOWs.