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The memoir Death and Deprivation on the Forgotten Sumatra Railway is published by James H Banton's son, Keith Banton. 


My Dad would never tell us about his experiences during the war so as a compromise I asked him to write about his life and promised not to read it whilst he was still alive. This was done over several of his retirement years and it is only now after his passing in 2003 that I have had his story published.


I have no idea what he would think about this as he was quite a private man however what doesn’t get remembered in history could get repeated.