Remembering VJ Day 2015

My grandfather Len Ansell's Burma Star for naval service, with two portraits and his photos of life on board deck of an RN aircraft carrier from kamikaze attacks and seaplane prangs to deck hockey c. 1944/45 Source Image: Mark Norris, World War Zoo gardens Collection.

My grandfather Len Ansell’s Burma Star for naval service, with two portraits and his photos of life on board deck of an RN aircraft carrier from kamikaze attacks and seaplane prangs to deck hockey c. 1944/45 Source Image: Mark Norris, World War Zoo gardens Collection.

Remembering VJ Day, zoo and botanic gardens staff of many nations, my Burma Star grandfather and the end of the fighting in the Far East 70 years on today:

https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/remembering-zookeeper-and-gardener-far-east-pows-70-years-on-2015/

My grandfather Len was coming home safely. Sadly I never met him.

Zoo and botanic gardens staff amongst Far East Prisoners of War FEPOWs who  had survived were free and heading home.

Burma Star memorial, Portscatho, Cornwall

Burma Star memorial, Portscatho, Cornwall

Conscripted Japanese zoo staff and vets were heading home to devastated zoos.

Many on both sides  – including men from Ueno Zoo in Japan, London Zoo and Kew Gardens  – were never to return.

See also our VE Day post May 1945 and Victory parades in 1946:

https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/remembering-ve-day-may-8-1945-and-2015/

When you go home,
Tell Them of us and say,
For your tomorrow,
We gave our today 

(the Kohima prayer)

Remembered with thanks.

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