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Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East
     

Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

by Alistair Urquhart
 

Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese "hellships" which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before

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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese "hellships" which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else 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 just ten miles away. This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, and whose father was a Somme Veteran, who survived not just one, but three close encounters with death—encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

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ISBN-13:
9780349122571
Publisher:
Abacus Software
Publication date:
04/28/2011

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Alistair Urquhart is the last surviving member of the Scottish regiment the Gordon Highlanders and teaches computer skills to OAPs in Scotland.

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