The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Alistair Urquhart
- Publish Date: 2011-11-01
Alistair Urquhart was among the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore during World War II. He not only survived 750 days in the jungle working as a slave on the notorious Âdeath railwayâ and the bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken prisoner on one of the Japanese Âhellshipsâ which was later torpedoed, killing nearly everyone on boardÂbut not Urquhart. He spent five days adrift on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a Japanese whaling ship. He was then taken to Japan and forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later he was struck by the blast from the atomic bombÂdropped just ten miles away. In late August 1945, now a barely-living skeleton, he was freed by the American Navy and was able to bathe for the first time in three and a half years.
This is the extraordinary story of a young man, conscripted at nineteen, who survived not just one but three separate encounters with deathÂencounters which killed nearly all his comrades. Silent for over fifty years, this is Urquhartâs extraordinary, moving, and inspirational tale as an ex-POW.