Many of my Eur-Asia family and their friends were professional soldiers with KNIL, KNIL-ML, Navy or drafted in 1941. All became prisoners of war of Japan in early 1942.
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Grandfather Bastiaans was as KNIL-ML mechanic involved in 122(NEI)Sqn in Medan. Grandmother, mother and uncle lived there from late 1947 till begin 1950.
Since the early 90s I have been writing stories and articles on various platforms.
The last 15 years I focus on the genealogy of my 'Eur - Asian' family branches'.
In the Dutch East Indies the majority of men between 18 and 50 were mobilized.
About 42,000 of them were taken as a prisoner of war:
a.o. Eur-Asian, Javanese, Moluccan, Papua, Timorese, Torodja (Celebes) and Menadonese KNIL soldiers.
Grandma’s brother, 'Robert Bastiaans', was 'transported' to Thailand after his capture and 'employed' on the Burma Railway. He died in Kurikona 258 camp on August 2, 1945, just a few days shy of liberation. He was a 1941 mobilized 'Landstorm Sergeant 1st class of the Military Administration - Unit 2nd Landst. Section Bandoeng.
In the Dutch East Indies 70,000 KNIL soldiers and 33,000 Indonesians
were deployed .
The KNIL veterans who returned from POW captivity in Japanese camps were reclassified and seconded to different areas in the archipelago.
Between 1945 and 1950 units with KNIL veterans were mixed with troops of Dutch regular army, conscripts and war volunteers .
The 70,000 KNIL veterans and 33.000 Indonesians ended up in different units, usually infantry.
A small number was KNIL-ML, such as grandfather Bastiaans with 122(NEI)Squadron on Polonia airbase near Medan.