NovemberBirds Were Not Meant to be Eaten

Des reported that anything that moved was eaten to supplement their meager rice portions. They even added grass to the rice to try to get some vitamins and flavor.

Birds were not meant to be eaten, because the POW’s observed which grasses and seeds the birds ate. They had been told that the grasses and seeds eaten by birds were suitable for human consumption and probably beneficial to their health. Another spin off from allowing birds to live, would of course been the supply of eggs to supplement their meager diet.

Here is a guilty looking officer concealing a catapult or sling shot behind his back, confronted by the equivalent of the Military Police in Changi. In the background can be seen the unforgettable Changi Jail wall and guard tower.

Thank you: State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library Special Collections where this Calendar is archived