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The Resource Prisoner of Japan : a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945, Harold Atcherley

Prisoner of Japan : a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945, Harold Atcherley

Label
Prisoner of Japan : a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945
Title
Prisoner of Japan
Title remainder
a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945
Statement of responsibility
Harold Atcherley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the latter part of WW2, more than a ... million European and American soldiers were taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaysia. They went on to suffer deprivation and brutality, most of them failing to survive. I was fortunate enough to be one of the survivors. During my time as a prisoner I kept a diary, which I was able to bring home with me.
Biographical or historical data
Born in 1918, Harold Atcherley served in the army throughout the war. He had the misfortune to land in Singapore with the 5th British Infantry Division in January 1942 and became a prisoner shortly afterwards when the island was surrendered to the Japanese. The War diary which he kept during his three and a half years in captivity records his experiences in Changi Prisoner of War Camp and hard labour on the construction of the Burma Thailand Railway. He returned home at the end of the war in 1945 and resumed his career with the Royal Dutch Shell Group the following year. He married Anita Leslie, with whom he had three children, and was posted to the Middle East in 1946. Some four years later he went to South America. He returned to work in England in 1960 and retired from the oil industry in 1970. For the next thirty years he served in a voluntary capacity as chairman of a number of government advisory groups, in recognition of which he was awarded a knighthood in 1977. He was also chairman of several charitable organisations including Toynbee Hall and the Aldborough Foundation. For the last 23 years he has lived in London with wife Sarah, finally retiring at the age of 80.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Atcherley, Harold
Dewey number
940.547252
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Atcherley, Harold
  • Soldiers
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • Prisoners of war
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
  • True war & combat stories
  • Biography
  • True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
  • True war & combat stories
  • Singapore
Summary expansion
In the course of the Second World War, more than a quarter of a million European and American soldiers were taken prisoner by the Japanese in Malaysia, the Dutch East Indies and the Pacific. They went on to suffer years of deprivation and brutality, most of them failing to survive at all. Harold Atcherley was fortunate enough to be one of the survivors. Throughout his time as a prisoner, from the fall of Singapore on 15 February 1942 until 14 September 1945, he kept a diary, which he was able to bring home with him. This book is based on that diary, along with other diaries and official documents. He was fortunate enough to count among his friends and comrades the celebrated artist Ronald Searle, whose drawings have been used to illustrate his text; they give a far better impression of what life was like for a POW of the Japanese than mere words can, though neither words nor pictures could ever convey the appalling stench of disease and death on such a massive scale
Target audience
general
Label
Prisoner of Japan : a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945, Harold Atcherley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Paperback
Contents
Dedication Page i Foreword Page iii Introduction Page ix Outbreak Of War, 1939 Page 1 Intelligence Corps, 1940 Page 9 Embarkation, 1941 Page 26 Singapore February 1942 - Special Orders Page 33 War Diary - May 1942 to July 1942 Page 35 War Diary - August 1942 to April 1943 Page 87 F-Force - Forced Labour Building Page 131 The Burma-Siam Railway F- Force Notes Page 137 War Diary - December 1943 to December 1944 Page 141 War Diary - January 1945 to September 1945 Page 240 Liberation Page 345 Appendix Jim Bradley Page 348 Ronald Searle Page 354 Glossary Page 357
Control code
9781909304536
Dimensions
23x15x3 cm.
Extent
404 p.
Isbn
9781909304536
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Prisoner of Japan : a personal war diary - Singapore, Siam & Burma 1941-1945, Harold Atcherley
Publication
Note
Paperback
Contents
Dedication Page i Foreword Page iii Introduction Page ix Outbreak Of War, 1939 Page 1 Intelligence Corps, 1940 Page 9 Embarkation, 1941 Page 26 Singapore February 1942 - Special Orders Page 33 War Diary - May 1942 to July 1942 Page 35 War Diary - August 1942 to April 1943 Page 87 F-Force - Forced Labour Building Page 131 The Burma-Siam Railway F- Force Notes Page 137 War Diary - December 1943 to December 1944 Page 141 War Diary - January 1945 to September 1945 Page 240 Liberation Page 345 Appendix Jim Bradley Page 348 Ronald Searle Page 354 Glossary Page 357
Control code
9781909304536
Dimensions
23x15x3 cm.
Extent
404 p.
Isbn
9781909304536
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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