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By Mary Thomas

Whilst Mary Thomas left the seashores of britain for Singapore in December 1939 to reside a leisurely lifetime of an Englishwoman in a colonial outpost, she didn't count on to quickly locate her conditions vastly replaced. After the japanese bombs fell on eight December 1941, Mary selected to not rush for the 1st boat out of Singapore and as an alternative stayed directly to serve within the clinical Auxiliary carrier, and in 1942 she was once interned in Changi felony via the japanese conquerors including a number of thousand unlucky humans. this is often the real tale of ways a tender Englishwoman spent 3 and a part years lower than the watchful eyes of the japanese. in the course of the quite a few problems and trials of internment, Mary recorded in a diary the sufferings and little joys of her fellow internees, and the unbelievable kindness, bravery and redemption confirmed by means of a lot of them. Her reflections, delicate and confident, have a good time the energy of the human will to outlive and to like even within the darkest of instances.

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G. (Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George). In the autumn of 1942, Mr. Asahi, the Custodian of Enemy Aliens, asked for one man and one woman doctor to be sent out of the Camp into Singapore to write a Report on Nutrition in the city. The Camp’s Medical Committee chose Dr. Williams and, from among the men, Dr. Byron to go, while Mrs. Katherine de Moubray accompanied Dr. Williams to help with the secretary work. These three were out in Singapore for several months, returning early in 1943.

This masterly inactivity was their usual policy towards us as prisoners. Having imposed certain regulations on us they did little more, but allowed us to do a certain amount for ourselves—subject to unpredictable interferences arising out of suspicion, caprice, spite and fits of ill temper. Besides the offices occupied by our wounded, Fullerton Building contained many empty rooms full of abandoned luggage left by refugees from Malaya who had fled on board ship. During my off-duty, I used to explore these empty rooms and I quickly became a most resourceful “looter”.

There was a particularly handsome flight of concrete steps leading down to “A” Compound, which was a pleasure to look at, though wearisome and exhausting to climb up and down a dozen times a day. Inside, the building was bare, dark and damp. The cells could accommodate 600, and included a small block of special larger cells fitted with basins with running water, intended for European convicts. 64 In the Shadow of the Rising Sun It became part of the women’s quarters. The prison was intended to accommodate 1,200 prisoners.

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