PRESERVING BOLTON PEOPLE'S MEMORIES OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR
Eric Wallwork - 2nd Battalion, Loyal Regiment - Prisoner of War
Eric was born in Farnworth in 1917. He joined the 2nd Loyals Regiment in 1939, and was posted to Singapore in 1941. After the surrender to the Japanese in 1942 he was taken prisoner and did not return home until November 1945.
The diary presented here is an account of the desperate fighting in Malaya before the capitulation of Singapore and the three and a half years he spent as a prisoner of the Japanese. He was first held at Changi in Singapore, then Keijo Camp in Korea and finally in Omori Camp, Tokyo.
Eric suffered many privations and was ill with Beriberi. His unhappiest experience was the loss of his close friend Roy Constable.