Fall of Singapore - Reception held at War Museum on 60th Anniversary
7 Feb 2002
A Reception was held at the Imperial War Museum to mark the 60th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.

"This was a very moving occasion, with over a hundred survivors from the camps in which prisoners of war and civilians were held after the fall of Singapore.
Churchill described the fall as the greatest disaster to befall British arms, and, unlike Dunkirk, there were no mitigating circumstances to soften the blow."

"Unlike the majority of camps where prisoners were held, in the Far East there were a large number of families and children who were caught up in the war. Talking to them at the reception brought home the ordeal they had gone through in camps in Hong Kong, Thailand, China and Japan."
The Guest of Honour was Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE CD JP DL, who spoke about her parents, Louis and Edwina Mountbatten. "Edwina, who was in charge of St Johns Ambulance, went to find some of the more remote camps, after Japan surrendered in August 1945. The Japanese in charge of the camps were still running them, but when Lady Mountbatten said she was the wife of the Supreme Allied Commander, they readily did as they were told!"

Lady Mountbatten with David Arkush, by a stretch of the Burmah-Siam railway
Lady Mountbatten with David Arkush, by a stretch of the Burmah-Siam railway
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