By 1943 there were no watches available in any of the camps. All of the men’s watches had been traded for food or much-needed drugs for the hospital. Just why Lt Dann, the man behind the desk, was collecting so many watches and clocks is a mystery. Lt Dann was born in London in 1913, and served with the Royal Artillery. Like most ex POWs, Lt Dann didn’t divulge much of his war experience, although his family understand that he acted as one of the ‘camp policemen’ at Changi, and that would fit with Des Bettany’s depictions of him — he appears in no less than five cartoons.
The Bettany Family wish to thank Sabrina Smith, Lt Dann’s granddaughter, for the above information.