Soldier Surgeon in Malaya – Thomas Hamilton (1957) (1st ed.)


Soldier Surgeon in Malaya – Thomas Hamilton (1957) (1st ed.)


Title: Soldier Surgeon in Malaya

Author: Thomas Hamilton

Publisher: Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1957. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, with dust jacket. Good. Some tanning and foxing. Inscription to endpaper. Small closed tears to dust jacket, with a chip to the top of spine. With black-and-white illustrations. 217pp. 8.5″ by 5.5″.

From dust jacket:

Soldier Surgeon in Malaya is a racy and realistic records of the work done by the 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station of the 8th Division in Malaya and Singapore in 1941042. Hamilton wrote the diary in secret within the confines of Japanese prisoner-of-war camps at Changi in Singapore and at various points along the Burma-Thailand railway.

During a searching campaign in the camps in 1943, Dr Hamilton consigned the war diary to the care of a dental surgeon; he, in turn, committed it to the sanctuary of a compatriot’s grave in Burma. It was there, many years later and after the war, that the mildewed pages were unearthed and returned to their author.

Chapters include:

Battle Stations


Awaiting the Wounded

Under Japanese Pressure

Final Stages in Johore

Bukit Panjang

The Swiss Club

Black Friday

Singapore Fals