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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


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