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Singapore   9 Books
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DONAHUE (F/L A.G., DFC, RAF) Last Flight from Singapore. 1st Ed., vi+154pp., 13 photos., map. Macmillan. 1944  #58016
[HLMainPic] Fighter pilot based at Tengah aerodrome, Singapore, during the 1941-42 campaign: wounded in the evacuation & posted missing in action later that year in a patrol over the English Channel. Orig. blue cloth, little rubbed & worn, sound. See illustration on our website.   £15
EGERTON (Hugh Edward, MA) Sir Stamford Raffles: England in the Far East. 1st Ed., xx+290pp., portrait frontis., 2 fldg. maps. Fisher Unwin. 1900  #55345
[HLMainPic] Scarce 1st Ed. of useful life of Raffles, based on research in India Office records & other contemp. sources. Much on conquest & governance of Java, acquisition of Singapore &c. Orig. dec. red cloth, gilt, head of sp. sl. chipped o/w VG. See illustration on our website.   £45
HALL (D.O.W.) Prisoners of Japan. 1st Ed., orig. illus. wraps., 32pp., 4to, photos. & sketches. War History Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs, Wellington, NZ. 1949  #52082
[HLMainPic] One of a series of official publications designed "to present aspects of New Zealand's part in the Second World War which will not receive detailed treatment in the campaign volumes & which are considered either worthy of special notice or typical of many phases of our war experience. The series is illustrated with material which would otherwise seldom see publication." This volume contains an illustrated record of the experiences of NZ PoWs in camps in Singapore, Thailand &c., including work on the Burma Railway. VG. See illustration on our website.   £15
INGLIS (Colin) Singapore to Colombo: The Diary of Major Colin W.A. Inglis, Indian Engineers, 13th February to 5th March, 1942. 1st Ed., 80pp., map. Printed for Private Circulation. 1945  #51685
[HLMainPic] Then a civilian architect in the Public Works Dept. at Singapore, Inglis describes the last days there - even with Jap tanks lapping at their door the British community believed they were invulnerable. Among those authorised to leave 48 hours before the capitulation, he was bombed on the quayside but escaped: "I travelled in 15 different boats... walked about 20 miles, went by lorry, bus, car & train & even swam for seven & a half hours, & arrived in Colombo possessing only the shirt & shorts I stood up in!" The first craft was sunk by bombs, he was pulled out of the water by Malay fishermen, continued by sampan, island hopping to Sumatra & finally picked up by a RN destroyer. On arrival in India he was commissioned in the RIE & died at sea in Feb. 1944. No. 27 of 100 copies printed for the family of Major Inglis "so that his friends may have a permanent record of his experiences." Rare & interesting account of escape from Singapore. Orig. blue cloth, gilt, near fine. See illustration on our website.   £95
KERSHAW (G.F.) Tracks of Death: The Burma-Siam Railway. 2nd Imp., 175pp., 3 sketches, map. VG in dw. Lewes: Book Guild. 1992  #57956
[HLMainPic] Royal Signals, taken PoW at fall of Singapore & kept a secret diary recording work on the infamous railway & ithe appalling conditions of Japanese PoW camps. VG in dw & uncommon.   £25
VETCH (Col. R.H., CB) Ed. Life of Lieut.-General The Hon. Sir Andrew Clarke GCMG, CB, CIE, Colonel-Commandant of the Royal Engineers, Agent-General of Victoria, Australia. 1st Ed., xxvii+353pp., portrait frontis., 10 plates, 2 fldg. maps (Malay Peninsula in 1875 & 1904). Murray. 1905  #57060
[HLMainPic] Clarke was born 1824, commissioned from RMA Woolwich (first in his batch) 1844; served a few years in UK then in Australia, NZ, Surveyor-General of Victoria 1853 & Member of the Victorian Legislative Council; became Governor of Singapore & the Straits Settlements 1873-75; on the council of the Viceroy of India 1875-80 (inc. 2nd Afghan War); Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham 1881–82 & Inspector-General of Fortifications in England 1882-86. Orig. maroon cloth, gilt to front & sp., little rubbed & worn, generally VG   £50
WALKER (Allan S., MD) Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Medical Series. Vol. II: Middle East & Far East. 1st Ed., xvii+701pp., 68 photos., 43 maps & diagrams. Canberra: AWM. 1953  #45840
Campaigns in North Africa (Cyrenaica, Tobruk, Alamein &c.), Greece, Crete, Syria, Malaya, Singapore & the PoW Camps in the Far East. Orig. red cloth, somewhat stained/worn, sound.   £15
WALKER (Allan S., MD) Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Medical Series. Vol. II: Middle East & Far East. 1st Ed., xvii+701pp., 68 photos., 43 maps & diagrams. Canberra: AWM. 1953  #52073
[HLMainPic] Campaigns in North Africa (Cyrenaica, Tobruk, Alamein &c.), Greece, Crete, Syria, Malaya, Singapore & the PoW Camps in the Far East. Orig. cloth, VG ex-Historical Branch, Military Section lib. See illustration on our website.   £30
WARWICK (Ernest) Tamajao 241: A POW Camp on the River Kwai. 1st Ed., [viii]+181pp., portrait, map. VG in dw. Rochford, Essex: Paul-Leagas Pubns. 1987  #57924
[HLMainPic] Dramatised but personal account of captivity & work on the Burma railway by member of the 4th Suffolk Regt. taken PoW at Singapore, based on his notes made at the time. Presentation inscrip. from the author: "To Alec & Family With my very best wishes Ernie. Ernest Warwick. 1988." See illustration on our website.   £20

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