Posted on October 3, 2011 by

Liverpool Pier Head Repatriation Memorial  –  Saturday, 15 October, 2011, at 11am

This date is the 66th anniversary of the arrival into Liverpool of the Nieuw Holland, a ship with particular significance to Liverpool. To quote an article from the Liverpool Daily Post, Tuesday 16th October 1945, announcing the arrival of the ship the day before:

“In all the Nieuw Holland carries 951 Army, Navy, Air Force and Merchant Navy personnel, among the latter are most of the survivors of the Empress of Asia.”

The merchant crew of the Empress of Asia had been captured after the ship was bombed in Singapore Harbour in February 1942. Most of the crew survived, including 148 young crew members who were all from the Liverpool area and who were collectively known as “the Asia Boys” throughout their three and a half years in captivity in Changi Jail.

Invitations and full details were sent out in the summer but I would be grateful if you could let me know now if you wish to attend, and if so, approximately how many guests you would like to bring along.

Mike Parkes
34 Queens Road
Wirral CH47 2AJ

Thank you for your generous support of the appeal which has reached the revised target. The memorial will be silver grey granite with black letters which has been ordered from Birkenhead Monumental Ltd.