Cebu Internment Camp, Cebu

May 1, 1942: Internees transferred to Cebu Provincial Jail

May 16, 1942: Internees moved to Cebu Junior College while 23 British sent to a “schoolhouse next door.”

In October, 1942, all internees moved to “Club Fukuoubi.”

On December 14, 1942, the 148 internees were boarded aboard a freighter.  Five days later, they arrive in Manila and were interned at Santo Tomás Internment Camp.

Cebu Island, Philippines

Cebu Island, Philippines, showing Cebu Internment Camp (courtesy of Google Maps)

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11 thoughts on “Cebu Internment Camp, Cebu

  1. I am looking for information regarding my great Uncle George Wood.

    Who on account of being a Irish citizen had access to the camp.
    I have in my possession a Japanese pass and a watch that was presented to him by the Cebu internees in token of appreciation.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated

    • Dear Frank, I have scant information about your uncle, George Faughnan Wood, since he was not on any of the general internee rosters. However, he is referenced in “The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines,” by A.V.H. Hartendorp, 1967, volume I, page 318, in reference to the Cebu Civilian Internment Camp: “The money ran out in September [1942] but the community was able to borrow an initial ₱250 from outside through the mediation of George Wood. Although Wood carried a British passport, he was born in Cork, Ireland, and the Japanese released him at the time the others were taken to the jail. He lived with five or six Redemptionist fathers who were also not interned, most of them being Irish. Woods was of great service to both the British and American internees.” If you don’t have access to this, I would be happy to scan this page for you. I will check to see if I find anything more in my archive. Regards, Cliff

  2. Kenneth B Larsen Jr.

    Looking for information on Corporal Kenneth B. Larsen in the Army Air Corps 5th Airbase Group who was captured in the Philippine Islands in 1942 and was in Davao and I think in Cebu later sent to Japan and was liberated in 1945 in Osaka.

    • Hi, Kenneth, thanks for your message. Unfortunately, the focus for this website is on the civilian internees, rather than on the military POWs, so Corp. Larsen is not in my database. Fortunately, there are many online resources that might be useful to you, as well as many books written by the POWs themselves. If you haven’t already checked out Roger Mansell’s website at http://www.mansell.com/pow-index.html, you may find that it has many documents and rosters that might be useful to you. Best regards, Cliff

  3. Hi! I’m Dr. Jobers R. Bersales, consultant of Museo Sugbo, the former Cebu Provincial Jail. This website is very important to us as we will be putting up signages to mark areas in the museum (ex-jail) where the internees were detained.

    It’s unforunate that I only have a copy of Vol. II of the Hartendorp book. Can you possible send me a scan of the particular page where the Cebu Provincial Jail is mentioned please?

    • Dear Dr. Bersales, thank you for your message. I do have a copy of vol. 1 of A.V.H. Hartendorp’s book, The Japanese Occupation of the Philippines. Cebu is mentioned several times in this volume, but the main information on the Cebu internment camps appears on pages 313-325 in a section titled “Story of the Internees from Cebu.” If this is what you need, please let me know. If not, I’ll look into the other portions of the book. Regards, Cliff Mills

      • Dear Mr. Mills,

        Thank you for the quick and very favorable reply. Much as I would like al the pages pertaining to Cebu, that would be asking too much. I would be happy to get a scan of pp. 313-325 if you please. It would be best to send it to my gmail address (which I provide below) since my official university address limits acceptance of attachments. Thanks in advance!

      • Dear Mr. Mill,

        It seems my reply did not go through or got lost somehow. I’d be more than happy to get a copy of pages 313-325. Kindly send it to my gmail address and not to my official university address. I will provide it on the required fields after this.

        Thanks in advance!

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