About 20 years ago, I began to get interested in the whole reincarnation subject, and did a few regressions. In one of those regressions, I was taken back to a period of time where I was a British war nurse, and the information I recovered pointed to my having been captured by the Japanese and dying in a POW camp in the Philippines. I can't find anything (so far) relating to British nurses being captured. I did find (years ago, and can't find it now) an article about British nurse POW's, but as I recall, the article mentioned that all the nurses survived and were returned to Britian. I have very strong feelings that I actually died of starvation, which has led to my eating problems in this life.
As part of my continuing exploration, I found out that while still in England during my nursing studies, I fell in love with a young American, who had joined the Royal Air Force at the beginning of the war. He later returned to the US and joined the Navy as a pilot, and was killed in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His death is what lead me to join the military.
If anyone has info on British nurses in WWII, I would really appreciate the help. I have always been drawn to stories of Britian during the war, and believe I must have lived in London before going overseas. Thanks for any help!
Wow, and welcome to the forum! Our stories have a little bit of similarity; I was a civilian nurse involved in the resistance and was captured by the Nazis as something of a POW (also for ethnicity reasons).
I actually have no information about your position or circumstances, so I'm hoping someone comes along who can give you a little direction there!
Welcome to the forum. I also regretfully admit that I have no knowledge of the things that you have mentioned, but hopefully you will be able to find out more through research. Perhaps by using some of the meditation techniques suggested on the site you will be able to remember more about this particular lifetime in order to get your answers. In any case, I wish you luck in finding out more & don't lose hope in doing just that. ;D
I do have one question though...were you a member of the British military in this lifetime? If so, I will move your thread to the appropriate forum since we now have forums specifically for recollections of members of the various military forces.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to PM either myself or our Global Moderator Msmir about the matter.
Laurasia, No, I did not serve in the British military this time around. I'm an American gramma, but I AM an Army brat, being the daughter of a Lt. Colonel. Funny thing is, he served in the Philippines, and was wounded there. Wish he was still alive so I could ask him.
I've found out that there were British nurse POW's in Malaya, so maybe that's what I'm remembering. I know that part of the memories were triggered by reading a Nevil Shute book called "A Town Like Alice". But I was certain my memories involved the Philippines.
I'll keep looking.
Oh, and regarding the young man I fell in love with? I "heard" his name spoken to me one day while driving in my car. Years later, when scrolling through the names of the dead on the Pearl Harbor memorial website, I found the same last name. I thought his name was Thomas James DeWitt, but on the website, it lists a John James DeWitt. I totally got chills when I saw it. Up to that point, I had really believed it was all in my imagination.
Hello nashsgma, I certainly don't claim any expertise in the Pacific theater, as I haven't read much on it. From what little I have, it strikes me that illness would be a more likely explanation than actual starvation. Whatever else you say about the Japanese prison system, they had a remarkably correct view on gender. And while women were interned, and a number of these died due to various illnesses, there simply was no attempt to replicate the conditions found with men who were POWs. However, I guess if one picks up some horrible gastrointestinal infection, then whether the final diagnosis is illness or starvation is a bit of moot point, as you'd look much the same after. I know, not exactly helpful, oh well. Best wishes. Oh by the way, the other thing which strikes me as a bit odd, to my knowledge the British had no involvement in the Philippines at all, that was American. So, perhaps, you were originally British, as in birth and nationality, but for whatever reason were actually with the American forces.
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No, I did not serve in the British military this time around.
I guess I should have worded that better since we are on a reincarntion forum. LOL! What I meant to ask was, in the past life as a nurse that you are referring to were you a member of the British armed forces? Of course, if McCoy is correct about the British not being involved on the Asian front perhaps it is the American armed forces that I should be asking about instead. Perhaps you followed your beloved to the United States.
The British didn't have any official operations in the Philippines, as that was an American operation, was in fact their colony, gained from Spain circa 1900. The Americans did Guadalcanal, Pelilieu, Cape Gloucester, Okinawa, Iwo Jima. The British had lots of other stuff going in the Asian theater, Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma, the ongoing struggle with the proAxis Indian National Army. The French were in IndoChina, later to be named Vietnam. There were of course lots of other places I'm not sure who was where, but then it's not like I have a lot of reading knowledge on it. To the best of my knowledge Canada only had an involvement of some 2,000 Hong Kong. There is consequently almost no interest in Canada on the Pacific War, as opposed to all the Americans and their descendants, who are much better informed, as so many of them were involved. And of course the post war occupation army was there for 7 years, so Americans became very familiar with Japan.
Not specifically British, but there are apparently a number of books on nurse POWs in WWII that may describe similar experiences under the Japanese- perhaps there are some leads there? You can try using www.worldcat.org to see if these titles are in a library near you, and if not, interlibrary loan is always a great resource.
What a Way to Spend a War: Navy Nurse Pows in the Philippines by Dorothy Still Danner
All This Hell: U.S. Nurses Imprisoned by the Japanese by Evelyn M. Monahan