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By ALISTAIR URQUHART
‘For over 60 years I remained silent…but now, I am breaking my silence to bear witness.’
The Forgotten Highlander is the extraordinary true-life story of a young man who survived not just one, but three close encounters with death during the Second World War – encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.
Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders who were captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai, but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese ‘hellships’ which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent five days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .
This is his astonishing story, told for the very first time. It is an action-packed war story and poignant account of genuine heroism and enduring hope.