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“Monsoon rains had already started in earnest, 24 hours a day,” he wrote.
“No roofing on huts where we lived in constant pouring rain.” They worked for up to 18 hours a day, hacking a path through the jungle and then lugging hefty planks of wood to build a double-decker bridge, so cars could travel underneath the railway line.
No man deserves such a death.” The work on the bridge took them only eight months but of the 1,700 men sent with Sir Harold to Three Pagodas Pass, only 400 were alive by October.
The Allied force of around 85,000 easily outnumbered the 30,000 Japanese soldiers, but the Imperial Army was far better prepared.
“The Japanese were constantly outflanking us and used bicycles [to get around the island nimbly] wherever they could.
“No latrine arrangements; we had to urinate out of the wagon door, being held by others as we did so.
Little or no sleep at night, very hot by day in all-metal box wagons, too many in each to allow all to lie down at the same time.” From Ban Pong, they were made to march 200 miles through the jungle to Three Pagodas Pass, where they could begin work.
Sir Harold and his division were taken to a prison camp at Changi, in the east of the island, but were forced to forage for their own food.