The Forgotten Highlander

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

By (author) Alastair Urquhart , Read by David Rintoul

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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 men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

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  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 129.54 x 129.54 x 17.78mm | 117.93g
  • 04 Mar 2010
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Hachette Audio
  • London
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1405507659
  • 9781405507653
  • 139,245

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Alistair Urquhart is now 90 (and is the last surviving member of the Scottish regiment the Gordon Highlanders) and teaches computer skills to OAPs in Scotland

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A book you must read DAILY MAIL Riveting, powerful, moving OBSERVER A remarkable memoir FINANCIAL TIMES

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