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POW on the Sumatra Railway (ePub)

John Geoffrey Lee

WWII Prisoners Of War Military

Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 16.2 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399015264
eBook Released: 29th June 2022

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John Geoffrey Lee (always known as Geoff) joined the RAF on his 20th birthday in June 1941. He left Liverpool on a troop ship in December 1941, with no idea where he was going. He eventually arrived in Java, where he was captured by the Japanese, along with many others. During his time in captivity, he survived several camps in Java, Ambon and Singapore and three hell ship journeys. After being washed ashore in Sumatra, (as a ferry he was being transported on blew up), he was then recaptured and suffered sheer hell as a slave on the Sumatra Railway. Enduring bouts of malaria, beri beri, tropical ulcers and a starvation diet was bad enough, but this was exacerbated by the searing heat and extreme cruelty meted out to the prisoners by the Japanese and Korean guards. Geoff miraculously survived, weighing just 6 stone when he arrived back in Liverpool in December 1945.

After his release he found he had difficulty in convincing people where he had been as no one had heard of the “Sumatra Railway”, only the other one, thousands of miles away in Burma. Letters to newspapers were returned as ‘Just another Burma Railway story’.

The Ministry of Defence, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and The Imperial War Museum had no records of POWs building a railway in Sumatra.

So began Geoff’s journey, his aim… to prove to the establishment what he already knew to be true. This is Geoff's story of his captivity, release, and subsequent efforts in achieving his aim.

As featured in the article: 'Daughter fulfills POW dad's wish'

The Voice (Spalding and South Holland)

A fascinating story of prisoner of war of the Japanese. Working on a railway that officially didn't exist and his travels
to Sumatra to find traces of the railway and overgrown burial plots of his fellow prisoners. It's a three parter describing is capture when the Singapore garrison, surrendered in 1942. Beaten and starved in Changi Prison, He was shipped to Sumatra to build a railway. When the Japanese surrender in 1945' he arrived home unexpected, and discovered the family believed him dead. He writes of post-war conditions and coping with coupons, rations and of dead man walking and his attempts to prove to officialdom that the railway did exist.

The book is an easy read and a page turner.

Richard Gough - Historian, writer, author of the Escape from Singapore, The jungle was Red, Outpost of the Empire, SOE Singapore 1941-42. Waiting publication Tony Poe, CIA Paramilitary in SE Asia.

5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling true story of the horrific treatment these young men went through to serve their country

I’ve been waiting to read this book and have got to chapter 9 so far. It has not disappointed. The detail that Geoff remembers is just unbelievable. There’s no wonder he felt the need to tell his story, from his own memories. It’s horrific to think this was only 80 years ago. How anyone survived, what can only be described as inhumane, Hellish treatment, I’ll never know. And to think he had to keep quiet for 50 year, as if it all existed in his own head…

Dawn Denman, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2022

5.0 out of 5 stars. An exceptional book about one brave man's firsthand experience during World War II as a prisoner of the Japanese, forced to work in appalling conditions on the Sumatra Railway. By the time the war was over, many POWs had died from starvation, disease, and mistreatment. Geoff survived to tell his story and the story of the forgotten Sumatra railway. This is a compelling and well written book.

Elisabeth Iris Ames

Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling true story of the horrific treatment these young men went through to serve their country
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2022
I’ve been waiting to read this book and have got to chapter 9 so far. It has not disappointed. The detail that Geoff remembers is just unbelievable. There’s no wonder he felt the need to tell his story, from his own memories. It’s horrific to think this was only 80 years ago. How anyone survived, what can only be described as inhumane, Hellish treatment, I’ll never know. And to think he had to keep quiet for 50 year, as if it all existed in his own head…

Christine Bridges

Dawn
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling true story of the horrific treatment these young men went through to serve their country
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 July 2022
I’ve been waiting to read this book and have got to chapter 9 so far. It has not disappointed. The detail that Geoff remembers is just unbelievable. There’s no wonder he felt the need to tell his story, from his own memories. It’s horrific to think this was only 80 years ago. How anyone survived, what can only be described as inhumane, Hellish treatment, I’ll never know. And to think he had to keep quiet for 50 year, as if it all existed in his own head…

Christine Bridges
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