Sketch by Jack Chalker

Hell in Five

Hell in Five This is a remarkable story. Many of us who are old enough to remember the 1940s, and who spent the last war in this country, in Europe or in North Africa, may think that all those years ago we had a rough time, but our discomforts were absolutely nothing compared with the almost unbelievable conditions in which those who were unlucky enough to be captured in the Far East lived, and many died.

Jack Symon says that he was one of the lucky ones, and he was although there must have been times when he and his colleagues felt that death itself might be a relief. How anyone managed to survive the starvation, cholera, malaria, dysentry, ringworm and so many other diseases, and above all the ill-treatment by the Japanese captors is almost incredible.

Fifty years on, this is part of history, but it is right that we should be reminded of the terrible experiences which so many of our compatriots suffered.

These dreadful happenings must never be forgotten. Rightly, Jack Symon dedicates his story to those who died, and in so doing he makes his contribution to posterity.

Colonel G.S.H. Dicker. CBE, TD, DL, DCL


Intorduction Introduction

Call Up - Embarkation Call Up - Embarkation

Journey to Singapore Journey to Singapore

Prisoner of War - Changi Prisoner of War - Changi

Prisoner of War - Thailand Prisoner of War - Thailand

Yasme Day Yasme Day

Up Country - Takanun Up Country - Takanun

Journey To Japan Journey To Japan

Sunk off Manila - 1st Time Sunk off Manila - 1st Time

Sunk off Manila - 2nd Time Sunk off Manila - 2nd Time

Recaptured Recaptured

Fukuoka Coal Mines Fukuoka Coal Mines

Hoping Hoping

Good News Good News

Homeward Bound Homeward Bound

Okinowa Okinowa

San Francisco San Francisco

Queen Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I

Afterword Afterword

Conclusion Conclusion


“We will remember them”



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