Review by The Hon. Veronica Masefield,
wife of the late J. B. Masefield
(Malayan Police 1936-1955)
George wrote this book from a diary he kept during the time he was a prisoner of war.
George was a young ADO in Trengannu on the east coast of Malaya before the war. He
describes his life then and the Japanese invasion. George led a number of people through the
jungle and mountains to Singapore. When he reached Singapore he joined the army and was
made ADC to General Percival. He carried the white flag at the surrender to the Japanese. He
describes his life as a POW at Changi, Formosa, Japan and Manchuria. They had an awful
time from the local guards who made them work. When the war ended, after all the senior
people had left, George describes the slow way home he had by boat. After a short leave
George was told he was to be the ADC to Malcolm McDonald. He describes his times working
with Malcolm McDonald, his travels and the communist troubles in the Far East at that
time. He left Malaya finally in 1960 on retirement from the Civil Service.