Looking back to the really grim time in the jungle camp beside the Railway, the truly remarkable thing was the way the human spirit rose to magnificent heights. After months of sheer degradation, gradually the spirit to care for one another revived, incredible kindness and self-sacrifice was in evidence.Eric Cordingly
The story of the Changi Cross involves three prisoners of war:
An army Chaplain, Eric Cordingly, who designed it, Sergeant Harry Stogden who constructed it out of brass and Sapper Tim Hemmings who engraved it with four regimental badges, and many other POWs who were held in Changi.
Eric’s daughter, Louise Cordingly, has produced three books about his time as a Far East Prisoner of War. All books are available in paperback and two have digital Kindle editions. Follow the links below to learn more about the books including extracts, photos, interviews and details on where you can purchase copies.
The Changi Cross tells the story of the prisoners, their faith and the cross.
Down to Bedrock includes Eric’s wartime diary and notes. It also includes original drawings by fellow prisoners.
Echoes of Captivity includes 35 interviews with the families of the men (and one woman) who returned from three and a half years of captivity.
The Changi Cross has a Facebook Page where you can join us in discussing the story of the cross, share your own stories and hear about upcoming events. You can also visit our links page for details of related FEPOW websites.