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Death Was Our Bedmate: 155 (Lanarkshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment and the Japanese 1941-1945 Hardcover – 20 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (20 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781591695
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781591697
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I read this after having read a personal memoir by a member of the Lanarkshire Yeomanry who had been a survivor of the Japanese P.O.W. labour camps.
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.
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The men who returned from the Far East after the Second World War were told not to talk about their experiences. The Far East Campaign was not covered in glory, and politicians tried to sweep it under the carpet and let time forget.. However, some of the men wrote down their memories; some did not destroy diaries and accumulated paperwork. In time, these memories started to see the light of day when a younger generation was clearing out ailing or deceased parents’ belongings.
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.
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This is a brilliant book about the Lanarkshire Yeomanry in WWII. My father was one of the regiment who survived the Kinkaseki Copper Mines, and as with many, he did not talk about his experiences. Having read a few other books, I felt this one gave a background on events, splitting the book into the build-up and then a chapter on each of the divisions, so you got a full picture of the whole regiment. It is well written without being sensationalist and gives frequent reminiscences from survivors. It is hard reading the final chapters, especially how the men were treated on the way back and their arrival on these shores. There is a full list at the end of all the men and their camps. I spent some time chatting to Campbell and Agnes at the Lanarkshire Family History Society event in August - that was excellent getting further information on the Yeomanry projects. Well worth reading for anyone with an interest in the Far East during WWII and especially if you have a relative who served with the Yeomanry.
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You may be forgiven to think this would be just another account of WW2 Japanese Prisoners Of War. But how wrong you would be. This book is uniquely written giving a detailed account of the journey and plight of a little known regiment, the Lanarkshire Yeomanry. The men had no idea what lay before them as they fought their way down the Malayan Peninsula before their capture in Singapore and the horrors beyond. The authors write their story in such an engaging way to the reader that you are there with the men and take every emotional - laughter and tears - step with them. It is a fitting story to all those who suffered under the hands of the Japanese. My Father L/Sgt Jack (John)Farmer was indeed one of those men. A highly recommended read which once started you will not be able to put down. Well done Agnes and Campbell - the men would be proud!
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