The Reunion: Far East Prisoners of War

May 15, 2015, 03:21 PM

The fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942 led to the surrender of 67,000 British servicemen, the single largest capitulation in British military history.

While many were sent to forced labour projects such as the Thailand-Burma railway, many more were sent on "hell ships" across South-East Asia.

In this short extract, Bob Morrell remembers his "coffin duty" on the island of Ambon.

(This is an extract from Radio 4's 'The Reunion: Far East Prisoners of War', originally broadcast on 01/05/15.)