Lest we forget..

When I was on a work assignment in Singapore I visited the Kranji War Cemetery where just under 4,500 people are buried. It is an incredibly peaceful place, about as far from violence and warfare as one could imagine, and yet very moving. I read a lot about the fall of Singapore while I was there, initially inspired by the autobiography of of Eric Lomax called The Railway Man. As young Scottish man he joined an engineering regiment and was sent out to fight in Singapore just before it fell to the Japanese. He was held prisoner of war and put to work on the Burma Siam railway and then sent to the notorious Changi prison which still exists. His story of survival, and coping with the psychological consequences over subsequent decades is inspiring. I would recommend it to anyone. I read the book nearly twenty years ago, but often think about it and talk about it with others.


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