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Philip Meninsky (1919-?)

Biography:
Philip Meninsky served in the British Army and was taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore in 1942. He spent the next three years in captivity, being forced to work in jungle camps on the Thai - Burma railway. During his period of captivity he was asked by Surgeon-Major Arthur Moon to draw records of the medical conditions and facilities in the camps. With proper medical equipment in short supply, prisoners made inventive use of any available materials to improvise home-made solutions. Some of the drawings, done while Meninsky himself suffered from a tropical ulcer, were hidden from the Japanese authorities at Tamuang camp by burying the drawings in a tin. Major Moon was able to retrieve them after the war. A number of Meninsky's drawings were used as evidence in war crimes trials and seventy of his drawings are now in the collection of the Imperial War Museum.