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POW Or Intern
Peculiar position of not knowing whether his bro- ther, now released and safe in Chungking, was a civilian internee or a prisoner of war during his three years in a Jap prison camp is the lot of Supreme Court usher
J. S. Bryant. His brother, John Clarence Bry- ant, was well known some years ago in Perth cricket circles. Bryant's wife, living at present in the Eastern States, has received a cable from her husband to say that he is safe in Chungking. Bryant's work and status have been a mystery to his family since the day early in 1942, when, returning to Australia with his wife and children from Borneo, he was taken off a ship
at Singapore by the British naval authorities and told simply that he 'had a job to round up a few hun- dred Japs on one of the islands.' His family came on without him, has not seen him since and knew nothing of his work. ONE CARD Except for one brief card about two and a half years ago to say that he was a prisoner in Borneo, that he was fit and well and weighed nearly 10 stone, they had not heard from him until the cable on Friday. Bryant had weighed between 15 and 16 stone when taken off the ship at Singapore. It was through his prowess at cric- ket that Bryant came to be in Borneo at the outbreak of the Pacific war.
In the last war, and just after, he played senior cricket. During the war he served as a wireless operator in the Royal Australian Navy, and played cricket at Sin- gapore and in various ports of call overseas. Someone who saw him play offered him a job on a rubber plantation in Borneo 'if he would play for them.' Shortly after the end of the war, Bryant accepted the job, went to Borneo and was manager of the plan- tation when he left early in 1942 to bring his wife and children back to Australia.