Leggies October

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Food was every Fepow’s prime concern and achieving ‘Leggies’ was that little bit extra every Fepow craved for.

This is the little bit extra.

These are extracts are taken from the list and Message Board with Leggies added.




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Evacuation from Singapore

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On Singapore

Personal accounts of the battle for Singapore

 Edited by Paul Morrell


In the late October of 1941 men of the 1/5th Battalion the Sherwood Foresters sailed from Liverpool aboard a converted P&O liner, the troopship Orcades for an unknown destination. The 1/5th Foresters along with the 1st Battalion the Cambridgeshires and the 5th Battalion Beds and Herts, formed one of the three Brigades of the British 18th Division, 55 Brigade. They were in fact at that time destined for the Middle East.

World events however would decree a very different destination, Singapore. The British 18th Division were to sail into a battle that was already lost. They had travelled over twenty thousand miles in three months to disembark on Singapore Island “The Guardian of the East” on the 29th January 1942 to reinforce the Island “Fortress” against the advancing forces of the Imperial Japanese Army. The battle was already lost, they had been sacrificed by our very own “Whitehall Warriors”. The loss of Singapore was later to be described by Churchill as “The greatest disaster and capitulation in British history.” He neglected to mention however the betrayal of a Division, the British 18th Division.

Much has been written of the battle for Singapore, unfortunately very little of it relating to the Sherwood Foresters. Reading the accounts of two Foresters who were involved in the battle for Singapore, Arthur Bates and Les Pearson, has been a great interest and a real privilege for me and has left me with a strong desire to share their story.

Arthur`s recollections come from two sources. Firstly, Arthur`s account of the events leading up to the battle for Singapore, this was written by Arthur in the Chinese High School Exercise Book, while in Changi. Secondly, extracts taken from Arthur`s diary/notebook written by Arthur at the time of the action in Singapore.

Les Pearson`s account was kindly passed on to me by Arthur, this was also written in Changi, again in an exercise book liberated from the Chinese High School.

Foresters On Singapore

Paul Morrell


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      Books Books

      Fepow Group Fepow Group - New List

      Sandakan Sandakan

      Singapore Fortress Singapore Fortress

      Help Find Help Find

      Remembrance Remembrance

      Web Sites Web Sites


      9th Northumberland Fusiliers 9th Northumberland Fusiliers (Continued January)

      Ballale Island Ballale Island (Continued February)

      Cambridgeshires Cambridgeshires (Continued May)

      Convoy - William Sail 12X Convoy - William Sail 12X (Continued May)

       East Surreys (Continued March)

      Fukuoka Camps Fukuoka Camps (Continued May)

      Hong Kong Hong Kong (Continued May)

      HMS Exeter HMS Exeter (Continued June)

      Lisbon Maru Lisbon Maru (Continued April)

      Loyal Regiment Loyal Regiment (Continued July)

      Maros Maru Maros Maru (Continued July)

      Palembang Camp - Sumatra Palembang Camp - Sumatra (Continued March)

      POW in Nagasaki POW in Nagasaki (Continued March)

      Alexandra Hospital Prince of Wales (Continued June)

      Researching POWs Researching POWs (Continued February)

      Singapore Coast Guns Singapore Coast Guns (Continued January)

      Squadron 211 Squadron 211 (Continued June)

      Suffolks Suffolks (Continued July)

      Thailand - Burma Railway Thailand - Burma Railway (Continued April)

      Taiwan POW Taiwan POW (Continued May)

      Thanks Thanks To All (Continued June)



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