Military history

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

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

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 very close separate encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

Introduction

Chapter 1: Will Ye No Come Back Again?

Chapter 2: Jealousy

Chapter 3: Land of Hope and Glory!

Chapter 4: Death March

Chapter 5: Hellfire Pass

Chapter 6: Bridge on the River Kwai

Chapter 7: It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie

Chapter 8: Sentimental Journey

Chapter 9: Back from the Dead