The Forgotten Highlander : My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
by Alistair Urquhart
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore.He not only survived work on the famous Kwai River Bridge, but he was later caught on one of the Japanese “hellships” that was torpedoed.Almost everyone on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship.He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki.Two months later, a nuclear bomb dropped to only ten miles away.It is the extraordinary story of a young man, forcibly recruited at the age of nineteen, whose father was a veteran of the Somme, survived not one but three encounters with death – a meeting that killed almost all his comrades.
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