The missing men of Singapore: Remembering the “worst disaster” of British military history

Posted on February 16th, 2016 by BNA

From the 8th to the 15th February 1942, the Empire of Japan invaded Singapore, one of Britain’s largest military bases in the South East. The move, that would see 85,000 British, Australian and Indian troops taken prisoner of war, was dubbed the “worst disaster” in British military history by Winston Churchill.

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Back in Britain, the newspapers were filled with reports of missing troops and families appealing for information. Many of these men had been taken prisoner, but some had been killed in the conflict.

Aberdeen Journal - Wednesday 15 April 1942

Aberdeen Journal – Wednesday 15 April 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Weekly Journal - Thursday 12 March 1942

Aberdeen Weekly Journal – Thursday 12 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Weekly Journal – Thursday 12 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Weekly Journal - Thursday 12 March 1942

Aberdeen Weekly Journal – Thursday 12 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Sunday Post - Sunday 12 April 1942

Sunday Post – Sunday 12 April 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Weekly Journal - Thursday 12 March 1942

Aberdeen Weekly Journal – Thursday 12 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Journal - Monday 23 March 1942 - the Andersons - appear to have been held in the same camp

Aberdeen Journal – Monday 23 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Aberdeen Weekly Journal - Thursday 12 March 1942

Aberdeen Weekly Journal – Thursday 12 March 1942 © THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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