No Mercy from the Japanese

A Survivors Account of the Burma Railway and the Hellships 1942-1945

John Wyatt, Cecil Lowry

Date Published :
June 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
8 pages of b&w illustrations
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526753441
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
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By the laws of statistics John Lowry should not be here today to tell his story. He firmly believes that someone somewhere was looking after him during those four years. Examine the odds stacked against him and his readers will understand why he hold this view. During the conflict in Malaya and Singapore his regiment lost two thirds of its men. More than three hundred patients and staff in the Alexandra Military hospital were slaughtered by the Japanese – he was the only known survivor. Twenty six percent of British soldiers slaving on the Burma Railway died. More than fifty men out of around six hundred died aboard the Aaska Maru and the Hakasan Maru. Many more did not manage to survive the harshest Japanese winter of 1944/45, the coldest in Japan since record began. John’s experiences make for the most compelling and graphic reading. The courage, endurance and resilience of men like him never ceases to amaze.

About The Author

John Lowry overcame the emotional aftermath of captivity to lead a full life. He is now retired and living in South London. About the Editor - Cecil Lowry has encouraged John to record his extraordinary experiences and has edited the transcript. He lives near Stockport.

Born in Northern Ireland two and a half years after the end of the war with Japan, Cecil Lowry is the son of Hugh Lowry, who was a private in the East Surrey Regiment and a Far East Prisoner of war from February 1942 until August 1945.

Cecil spent his career in Sports management before retiring from his post as Assistant Director of Sport at the University of Manchester in 2002 to concentrate on writing. This is his third book, following successes with No Mercy from the Japanese, A Survivor’s account of the Thai/Burma Railway and the Hellships in 2008 and Two Years of Tenko, Life as a 16 year old in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in 2015.

Cecil lives in Stockport and has two sons and two grandchildren. His two grandchildren are unique in that they have two great grandfathers who were Far East Prisoners of War.

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