Manuscript for The Years Between by Alex R.C. Johnstone

Accession Number AWM2019.22.191
Collection number PR01044
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Manuscript
Physical description 33 Image/s captured
Maker Johnstone, Alex R C
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Manuscript titled "The Years Between" relating to the Second World War service of NX20572 Corporal Alexander Roland Campbell Johnstone, 2/15th Field Regiment and Audit Office, Command Pay Staff of the AIF in Malaya.

The manuscript documents the period between 29 July 1941 and the first half of 1942. This covers the time before the capitulation of Singapore, the capitulation and the early part of Johnstone’s incarceration at Changi prison camp. The manuscript begins in Holsworthy Camp, Liverpool and describes the journey from Australia to Singapore, the camps Johnstone inhabited, his transfer to the audit staff, and the start of troops withdrawing in 1942. Johnstone includes a description of the capitulation of Singapore, and conditions at Changi prison camp including rations and infrastructure. Also included are a list of Japanese terms with translations, a map, and statistics for number of prisoners, people missing and killed, and illnesses.