Former members of the Indian Army who were held as prisoners of war by the Japanese may be eligible for payment under the UK’s Ex Gratia Scheme for former Far East Prisoners of War and civilian internees. To qualify, claimants must have met the following criteria:
been British at the time they were held;
have remained as members of the Indian Army throughout their captivity; and either
have received payments under article 16 of the 1951 Treaty of Peace with Japan under the auspices of the British Government; or
have been a citizen of a country that did not make its own treaty arrangements with Japan after WWII; or
have counted as being resident in the UK (or, after 1 November 1993, in another European Union member state) for at least 20 years between 1 January 1945 and 7 November 2000.
The legality of the final criterion is currently the subject of a case before the Court of Appeal.