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Taken prisoner in 1942 at the surrender of Singapore to the Japanese, Captain Horner kept a diary for the next three years of his experiences in the India Lines, the infamous Changi Gaol and on the Burma Railroad. Its discovery would mean certain death. This remarkable journal, with its lovely and amusing cartoons and drawings, is as life-affirming a document as you can find.
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Hidden in the false bottom of a suitcase through the war, this amazing story supported by anecdotes, cartoons and stories, provides a unique insight into Japanese POW life. This account was not researched and does not rely on archives for its content. The only gaps created were due to illness, physical exhaustion or the simple priority of trying to survive. From being in Singapore prior to its capitulation, when he felt that they were being 'sacrificed to placate public opinion', to the overwhelming joy of being able to write "It's over, It's over, It's over!!" 3 years later, this diary candidly describes the emotional challenges faced to keep the will to live while losing friends and missing the family at home. This amazing account describes the author's determination to help maintain morale, mostly through theatrical entertainments. His sense of humour, decency and consideration for others around him irrespective of his own well-being, makes this a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of a man determined to get through his ordeal at all costs and to ensure that those around him did the same.Reproductions of sketches, cartoons and Christmas cards drawn by fellow POWs at the time, including cartoonists Ronald Searle and Sprod, supported by personal stories and anecdotes, highlight the importance given to being able to appreciate the 'lighter' moments in one of the darkest periods of WWII. About the Author:
Ronald Horner was born in St Albans, Herts. He was called up in February 1940 and disembarked in Singapore in January 1942 and became a POW at the capitulation on 15 February. He was initially in India Lines Changi, proceeded to Thailand on loan to Japanese Thailand Administration and returned to Singapore on completion of the railway, first to Sime Road and latterly to Changi Gaol. He returned to the UK in 1945. His main interests were cricket, rugby, and charitable works.
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