The Missing Years: A POW's Story From Changi To Hellfire Pass, 1942-45

Authors: Stu Lloyd
Publisher: Roseberg Pub
Keywords: hellfire, pass, changi, story, years, missing
Pages: 304
Published: 2009-03
Language: English
Category: Japanese, Ethnic & National, Biographies & Memoirs,
ISBN-10: 1877058777     ISBN-13: 9781877058776
Binding: Paperback
List Price: 32.95 USD
  • Rating: 80%
This is the gripping story of ex-planter Captain Hugh ('Pilk') Pilkington's disastrous Malaya campaign in which he was shot by a Japanese sniper, survived the Alexandra Hospital Massacre, became a POW while still hospitalised, spent time in Changi, then with only one good arm - was packed off to work on the Thai-Burma Death Railway at the dreaded Hellfire Pass. But he lived to tell the tale, and what a tale...This account is refreshingly different because it gives perhaps the most complete account yet of the cold-blooded Alexandra Hospital Massacre of February 1942. Pilkington also gives the only known account of POWs travelling north by train in Thailand to work camps along the Death Railway (while others were marched up to 300 kilometres at bayonet point). Pilk's memoirs were completed in October 1945 while on a POW repatriation ship from Singapore to England, hence his raw, unfiltered, surprisingly dispassionate voice, undistorted by time. While some parts were extracted for atrocity reports at War Crimes Tribunals, these memoirs were intended only for his immediate family to read. Enter Stu Lloyd, one of Asia/Pacific's most widely published travel writers, who spent thirteen years in South-East Asia. Captivated by the unbelievable human spirit, he retraces the Captain's steps (on 'Railway Rations' and even spends a night in an historic Malaysian prison) with Pilkington's son, Paul, to uncover Pilkington's colonial past as a rubber planter and soldier, and find out with often surprising results - what the locals today make of that period over 60 years ago they know largely as 'Japan time' ...and Pilkington considered The Missing Years.

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