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'We don't seem to have learnt a lot': WWII serviceman's son recreates his photos of 1940s Hiroshima

'We don't seem to have learnt a lot': WWII serviceman's son recreates his photos of 1940s Hiroshima

13/08/2020 1:30:00 AM

'We don't seem to have learnt a lot': WWII serviceman's son recreates his photos of 1940s Hiroshima

Doug Watson spent his 19th and 20th birthdays in Japan, in the immediate aftermath of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima . Seventy-five years on, son Rob is recreating photos taken in the rubble of that devastated city — to help keep his father's fading memories alive.

Key pointsDoug Watson, 92, took about 100 photographs when stationed at Hiroshima from 1946 to 1948His son Rob Watson is recreating the photographs as a tribute to his father who has alzheimer's.The British Occupation Forces occupied Japan from 1946 to 1952

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Doug Watson was a member of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, made up of troops from British, New Zealand, India and Australia, serving in Japan from November 1946 to April 1948.Now aged 92, the elder Mr Watson has Alzheimer's disease, but revisiting the photographs he took more than 70 years ago on the streets of Hiroshima is helping to trigger some memories.

Doug Watson spent his 19th and 20th birthdays in Japan, in the immediate aftermath of the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.Rob Watson said his father's stories about his time there had sparked a deep personal interest in the country, to the extent that 30 years ago he helped establish a sister-city relationship between Port Lincoln and Muroto.

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