The Forgotten Highlander : My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, Section: 16, b/w photos
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 01/04/2011
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780349122571