Richardson, Pollock and Chamier left Fort Canning in Jay’s car and drove to Changi Barracks.
Most POWs walked, while some were able to get a lift. Heavy barang sent by Motor Transport. Saw some gruesome corpses in SMC truck, relics of Serangoon Road shelling.
Quarters rather crowded at Changi (No. 7 Ferry Point Road, typical Officer’s quarters which would have housed a family and a few servants, overlooking the sea), but not too bad really. Had a good swim in pagar (shark protected beach).
Pollock, Richardson and John Service went scrounging and were lucky enough to get some tea and fruit from R.Es?
Saw some of the troops marching in, having completed the 16 miles from Singapore. They looked not too tired. We have a very decent billet. Indian Army moved to another camp, but their officers in Changi with us. Bomb blast had brought down asbestos board ceilings of house. Very crowded circa 40 officers and 30 British Other Ranks sleeping in the house.
So started about 8 months of being POWs in the Changi area. Walter Pollock ended up at 1 Temple Hill, MCHQ POWs, for most of this time before heading up in train party U on 28th October 1942 to work on the Thai-Burma Railway.
Richardson went up to Thailand on 25th October 1942.
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