St John's College W.82

Ralph E. Ince, Prisoner of War in Siam. English, 1948. Reproduced by Ted Carter, 1984.

[Ralph Edward Ince (1905-1996)]: typescript memoir, in which Ince recounts his experience as a POW on the Siam-Burma railway, 1942-1945. Describes life in captivity under the control of the Japanese, living conditions in the jungle, his work on the construction of the railway, and his eventual liberation from the camp. Ince was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, and was admitted to St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1924, where he studied for the Mathematical Tripos. He graduated BA in 1927 and joined what later became the Malayan Education Service. In 1939, he enlisted with the Johore Volunteer Engineers and was captured together with the rest of his volunteer unit in 1942. Ince spent three and a half years as a POW until his release in August 1945. Following the end of the war, Ince returned to work for the Malayan Education Service; he retired in 1957 as the Deputy Director of Education for Singapore.

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330x205 mm. Folio approx. [70] pages. Paper. Binding consists of card boards, stapled. Also includes pastedown photocopied map of the Siam-Burma railway and historical timeline on inside front board; a summary of Ince’s life on the reverse board; and a photocopy of a letter to the editor, printed in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ [17th October 1983] and entitled ‘Anniversary of a Railway’. Contains a loose-leaf dedication to ‘Nancy’, signed by Ince [10th April 1986]. Given by Mr and Mrs D. McCarthy.