Roderick Suddaby – much sadness

The wonderful supporter of many researchers on Far East prisoners of war has died. He was, until 2010, Keeper of the Department of Documents at The Imperial War Museum. I got to know him after this when he had semi-retired. He was the most incredible source of information for those of us with relatives who had been POWs in the Far East. With great enthusiasm and patience, he listened to me as I talked of the documents and memoirs of my father. He used complicated sources to discover small hidden details about the 69 men who were in my father’s unit. He read and commented at length on my father’s memoirs and a draft of my book of WWII letters. I emailed him only two days ago, and I will never receive an answer, which I find devastating. He not only had an irreplaceable fund of knowledge and awareness of the materials in this area, but he shared them so generously, putting researchers in touch with one another. There is a short film of him on this link.

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