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Desperate Thirst

Desperate Thirst

Mr. Flegg describes being provided water by their Japanese captors. It is delivered in an unwashed gasoline drum. Despite the contamination, the men are so thirsty, they drink it anyway.

Close Quarter Fighting and Fear of Reprisal

Close Quarter Fighting and Fear of Reprisal

Mr. Flegg gives a vivid account of the close quarter fighting at the Aberdeen Reservoir. He describes fatigue and hunger, and destroying a cache of liquor because of a fear of Japanese brutality should they find it and get drunk.

Pillboxes Were Death Traps

Pillboxes Were Death Traps

Mr. Flegg talks about pillboxes being deathtraps. Under enemy fire, he rescues two wounded men from a pillbox which had had a Molotov cocktail dropped down the ventilator.

Camp life and personal batmen

Camp life and personal batmen

Mr. Flegg describes the sleeping facilities in his camp, and being awakened every morning by a Chinese man who was giving him a shave in bed. His clothing and boots were also looked after by this man for a modest payment.

Impressions of Hong Kong

Impressions of Hong Kong

Mr. Flegg describes the overcrowding in Hong Kong, but still being able to enjoy the wine, women and song. He describes the Canadian provosts as being very understanding when men became drunk or unruly.

Cigarettes as Currency

Cigarettes as Currency

Mr. Harrison describes the importance of cigarettes as currency in the camps.

Payne's Note

Payne's Note

Mr. Harrison expresses his shame at allowing a note to the parents of his friend Johnny Payne to fall into the hands of the wrong person.

Diphtheria

Diphtheria

Mr. Harrison describes an attempt by a captured Indian doctor to get a horse, which would enable him to make diphtheria serum; the request is denied. However, when the epidemic became a threat to the Japanese, serum was made available.

Beri Beri

Beri Beri

Mr. Harrison describes his experience with both dry and wet beri beri. Although he suffered with 'electric feet' from the dry beri beri, his worst experience was with wet beri beri, where the swelling from fluid in his lower limbs caused his toes to split open. He thanks his doctor for one night of morphine induced sleep.

Garlic Therapy

Garlic Therapy

Mr. Harrison is able to purchase garlic, which he initially uses to flavor his rice. As an added benefit, garlic helps alleviate the symptoms of pellagra. In fact, his septic sores heal completely.

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Dr. Crawford and the Kamloops Kid

Mr. Harrison admires the dignity with which Dr. Crawford endured abuse at the hands of the Kamloops Kid, who would slap him around every time he requested medications for the ill.

Sudden Blindness

Sudden Blindness

Mr. Harrison is reading one night when he suddenly becomes totally blind.

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