The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacificby Alistair Urquhart
Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “death railway” and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese “hellships” which was later torpedoed,… See more details below
Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious “death railway” and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese “hellships” which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on boardbut not Urquhart. He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bombdropped just ten miles away. In late August 1945, now a barely-living skeleton, he was freed by the American Navy and was able to bathe for the first time in three and a half years.
This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with deathencounters which killed nearly all his comrades. Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquhart’s extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale as an ex-POW.
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Meet the Author
Alistair Urquhart was born in 1919 and is the last surviving member of the Scottish regiment the Gordon Highlanders who were captured in Singapore. He teaches computer skills in Scotland. He is currently battling skin cancer—a probable result of his years of forced labor in the tropical sun. He lives in Dundee, Scotland.
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After meeting Alistair at the USS pampanito, I had to read his book. To make it through everything he did and still be thankful and be able to smile with us, I can't understand that power. He is a true surviver, surviving off love and hope. they gave him nothing in the POW camps but he still fought to survive. Everyone takes a journey in life, most of us choose the route, but to make it through his and the man (true gentleman) he is. how amazing. for all of you that still have war hero parents and grandparents around, hold them close and make sure you appriecated what they did to protect us. Lets never forget, lets never repeat the past. Godspeed Alistair Godspeed.
Actually this book is two stories, the first is a story of ones man will to survive. Along with an eye witness of the horrors of war, and what cruelties men are capable of inflicting on one another. What he and his comrades were put through is almost unbelievable. A must read for any military or history buff.