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Hellships and The Chicken Squad: The Secret Diary of Captain Andrew Duncan 1942-3

Posted by Meg Parkes, on August 14th, 2020


The focus of this fifth article marking VJ Day75, is the diary of a British army officer, chosen for his shared experiences with captured Royal Naval servicemen and his astute observations of naval men in captivity during the Second World War. The diary was made by Captain Andrew Atholl Duncan from the Argyll & Sutherland Highlander Regiment. Duncan spent eight months at Uniekampong Tandjong Priok camp, north of Batavia (now Jakarta).  There, and at Motoyama and Zentsuji camps in Japan, he met several Royal Navy officers, including Lieutenant Hugh Morton RNR, Chief Engineer of HMS Giang Bee; Lieutenant Commander Frank Roddam Twiss and Lieutenantt Norman Hickey “Freddie” Power RNVR, officers of HMS Exeter, sunk during the Battle of the Java Sea in February 1942. They were to help each other to cope in their captivity.

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