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

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 134 x 199 x 25mm | 320g
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Section: 16, b/w photos
  • 0349122571
  • 9780349122571
  • 83,288

About Alistair Urquhart

Alistair Urquhart is in his nineties (and is the last surviving member of the Scottish regiment the Gordon Highlanders) and teaches computer skills to OAPs in Scotlandshow more

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

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