Death Was Our Bedmate: 155 (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment and the Japanese 1941-1945 Hardcover – 20 Mar 2013
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Included is a full nominal roll which allows the reader to identify the camp/s where each individual Gunner was held. - Britain at War Death Was Our Bedmate is an inspiring read and an overdue tribute to the fallers and survivors during the regiment's horrific ordeal. --COFEPOWcofepoe
About the Author
Agnes McEwan was born in Lanarkshire in the years following the Second World War, the daughter of a former Gunner with the 155th (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment, RA, John McEwan, who survived three and a half years as a POW of the Japanese. His acclaimed account Out of the Depths of Hell was first published by Pen and Sword in 1999 and is now in paperback. Campbell Thomson is a retired senior police officer (Superintendent) who initially joined the local Lanarkshire Constabulary. Despite sharing the same cap badge of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry, he had no previous knowledge of this local Regiment until he read John McEwan's book. This led to a close friendship with McEwan and a determination that the sacrifice made by the men of this little known Regiment should be told.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is well written and a fitting tribute to all the men of the regiment who fought, died and suffered in the far east for 3 and a half years. Anyone with a family member who served during this time and wants to know more about their experience needs to get this book.
Finding her father’s written memoirs prompted Agnes Dougan to seek more information, and Campbell Thomson was intrigued after reading one of the manuscripts. Their untiring efforts since their initial discoveries have unearthed reams of written material. They have arranged and edited this with detailed and sometimes painful corroborative evidence from face to face interviews with the few remaining survivors. The end result is this history of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry during the Far East Campaign.
The book falls neatly into 2 parts. The first deals clinically with the combat leading to the Fall of Singapore. The second gives a harrowing but sympathetic account of the Prisoner of War experiences. To anyone with a connection to the Regiment, be it parent, relative or friend, this book gives a telling insight into the experiences these men endured and can throw light onto behaviour and personality changes which may have been difficult to explain. To the historian, it records with authority and accuracy the Regiment’s involvement in the dreadful events of the time . To the casual observer it provides a readable account of events from our past which cannot, and should not, be forgotten.
The authors have done a remarkable job with what must have been at times a thoroughly daunting task.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved the book as my grandfather gunner Sam Frew is in it it is a fascinating insight into the horrors of a conflict which thankfully we can only imagine . Read morePublished 17 months ago by B. S. Logan
Best book I've read in a long time very very interesting to me as I am local to the areaPublished on 24 Dec. 2013 by d.r.richards
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