This is a page from a a bible carried by my father throughout the Second World War. He was a prisoner of the Japanese. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'll quote from my mother's blog (I'm sure she won't mind):
My late husband, Dominic Rivron's father, was what used to be known as a Boy Soldier - he was recruited into the East Surrey Regiment in 1938 as a flautist in the band. For reasons I shall not go into here, he was almost immediately sent to Shanghai with his regiment, so that at this very young age he witnessed indescribable cruelty when the Japanese invaded China. For instance he saw the Nanking rebellion with all its awful happenings. Then in 1941 he was taken prisoner by the Japanese and for the rest of the war he lived in terrible conditions in the jungles of Thailand - and worked on the Kwai bridge and also the Death Railway.
When the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and then shortly afterwards on Nagasaki, the war came to an end. At the time he was near to death with cerebral malaria. His discharge certificate cites malaria, pelagra, beri-beri, cholera, typhoid and a host of other reasons for his discharge. Immediately aid was flown in to his remote jungle camp he was airlifted to Bangalore in India to a specialist hospital, where he remained seriously ill for months. But he recovered.
He always said that the dropping of the bombs probably saved his life, because although we were winning the war anyway, the episode probably shortened the war by a few weeks - enough to save his life.
However, we were both members of CND at the time of the Aldermaston marches - and he was totally against nuclear weapons.
I've tried searching the internet for the legible names. So far I've found information on LV Headley, HC Babb, and Noel Duckworth. There is an interesting page about Rev. Headley here, which includes a number of photographs he took with a Leica. He buried the camera and retrieved it later.
HC Babb was captured at the fall of Singapore. After the war, he was a key member of a team who retraced the route of the Burma-Siam railway, identifying the 10,500 burial places of the POWs who died building it. He co-authored the book, First Reconnaissance of the Burma-Siam Railway. A photocopy of his diary is kept in the Imperial War Museum Archive.
There is an interesting reminiscence about Noel Duckworth here. He seems to have been quite a charismatic figure.