Arriving in Singapore in 1942... he joined the surrender. Changi was home; limited were his survival chances.
But Neil was educated, with talents, with skills. An architect... and the camp commandant needed an architect.
Neil would design a mansion. He was very good, very meticulous. So meticulous that he took the rest of the war before it was completed. Rats were on his menu, but fortunately not the Burma Railroad. Communication home... nil.
Tragic to discover on returning, his home bombed, his favourite grandmother dead, as was his beloved mother.
Damaged beyond repair, but I really liked that troubled man.
Jamie Clapperton 29 days ago
Reminds me of some stories patients of his generation have told me at work. Interesting and sad.