Appeal for information on Changi priests
By Chris Lindsay
Wal Kelly of North Bondi is trying to upgrade the records of POW priests in Singapore’s Changi Prison after finding that the name of his former parish priest was not on the list of padres at the prison museum.
So he is seeking any information on priests who were POWs in Singapore.
“When I was a kid our parish priest at Dover Heights was a good friend of the family, Fr Con Sexton,” Wal said. “I knew later he was a captain in the Army and was a prisoner of war in Changi.
“I have children in Singapore and when I was visiting them recently I went to the Changi Museum. There is a chapel just outside the museum with a memorial plaque inside that commemorates the Army padres, but when I looked Fr Sexton was not on it.
He was on the list of prisoners, but there was no mention of him being a priest … I spoke to Simon Goh, the manager of the Changi Museum, who suggested that I chase up any information I could find about the Australian priests who were POWs in Changi.
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