Prince of Wales
John ‘Johnnie’ MacMillan
1941 - 1943
John was a native of Tarbert, Argyll. He survived the sinking of the Prince of Wales, only to be captured off Banka Island, trying to flee the Japanese. He survived captivity in Palembang, Sumatra and later Changi, before returning to Tarbert, where he lived with his wife and two daughters. "Johnnie" wrote a fine account of his experience when the Prince of Wales sank, kept a diary of his time as a prisoner of war and is also mentioned frequently in the book "Prisoner of Nippon," by Ray Stubbs.
John’s diary ended in March 1943, he still had two and a half more years as a prisoner before he was liberated.
Entries in Italics are additions/amendments/queries
Sinking of the Prince of Wales and Repulse
Into Captivity - December 31st 1941 - February 18th 1942
Captivity - February 19th 1942 - March 1943
Sadly John ‘Johnnie’ MacMillan passed away in 1994.
The diary was retyped and submitted by Jimmy McCallum.
With kind permission of Mrs. Jessie MacMillan and Ms. Joanne MacDonald.
The diary is copyright of John’s wife Jessie and daughter Joanne. It must not be copied, or reproduced without their permission.