Relating to the Friends Ambulance Unit - China Convoy - Click on Image to go to site
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM
Oral History of David Elwyn Morris recollecting his wartime years in China and India recorded by Lyn E Smith
JACK JONES - A TRUE FRIEND TO CHINA
"Jack Jones - A TRUE FRIEND TO CHINA" is about the work of the Friends Ambulance Unit 'China Convoy'. Jack wrote about their work during the nineteen forties distributing medical supplies and doing medical relief work until the communist regime called a halt in 1951. Jack, author of the novel, "A Woman of Bangkok", was a fine writer and evokes the era superbly in his contemporary articles that I have edited for this new book. It's been produced by Earnshaw Books in Shanghai as a large format book of 400 pages and 500 photos. Ask me how to buy it on
PACIFISM UNDER TEST
Featuring David Morris and his contemporaries, this DVD has been produced by the Quaker Service Memorial Trust and explores the challenges to the beliefs of pacifists and conscientious objectors and to the Quaker Peace Testimony when confronted by the evils of Hitler and Nazi Germany during WW2. For more info email:
FAU CHINA CONVOY
The FAU China Convoy group seeks to preserve the story of the convoy members by identifying memoirs, diaries, letters, photographs and other records relating to its history.
QUAKERS IN THE WORLD
When war began on September 3rd, 1939, the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU) was immediately re-formed, to provide opportunities for active service for conscientious objectors, including the FAU China Convoy
A very touching piece from Pip's Patch Blog about two people reminiscing about the life of Darlington born Doug Hardy who died in China in June 1942
A wonderful site dedicated to the Burma Road - some fascinating information and magnificent colour photographs
This book follows members of the Chinese Red Cross Medical Relief Corps through the war as they became enemy aliens and pursued their work despite the perils. An excellently researched and presented work by Robert Mamlok, M.D.
AN EXACTING MISTRESS
In January 2021 Antony's book An Exacting Mistress will be published - This is an account of his father, Ralph Barlow's time as a Conscientious Objector in the Friends Ambulance Unit in WW2 as told through the wartime correspondence of Ralph and his wife Joan Barlow.
For over four years this took Ralph away from his wife and two children, to places all over the world from Egypt and Syria to Ethiopia, India and China, first in charge of the Middle East section and later as Deputy Director, overseeing mobile clinics, housing refugees and tending the wounded in many of the most dangerous theatres of war. Sometimes hilarious as when he is invited into a Bedouin tent in the desert for lunch; sometimes moving, missing wife and children and England; and sometimes tragic, setting up mobile medical units for the wounded of Alamein and Tobruk.
Then there is his mother’s story, of coping with years of separation, living in other people’s houses away from the Blitz, and trying to bring up two children in war-torn Britain. This book reveals a love story against the background of war, when at times, letters didn't get through for weeks at a time, or when my father was at death's door and no news arrived. It is a story recounted through the almost daily letters of my parents to each other and how their love survived despite separation.