Speaker: Twigg, Reginald, 1913 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Warehouseman; Soldier;
Speaker: Hyde, C, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Brief background of father in Leicester Regiment. Describes joining Leicesters, 1940, training at Glen Parva, Leicester. Mention of men contracting venereal disease from prostitutes when in Singapore. Talks about lack of preparation, bad administration, when cut off by Japanese at Jitra. Anecdote of surviving mortar explosion, losing kit bag, surviving beri beri disease. Describes determination to survive Prisoner of War camp, details tactics adopted such as trapping lizards for food. Mentions work on bridge on River Kwai, leaflets being dropped announcing Allied victory. Describes return to Britain, still with malaria, taking a year to adjust to civilian life. Briefly explains why didn't stay in touch with army.
Place of birth: Wigston Barracks, Glen Parva, Leicester
Marital Status: Widowed, Children: Son: 1
Father's Occupation: Soldier
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1940s
Recording Date: 12/3/2004
Playing time: 55 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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