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

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By (author) Alastair Urquhart, Read by David Rintoul

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  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Format: CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 130mm x 18mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1405507659
  • ISBN 13: 9781405507653
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 135,784

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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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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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