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1st Battalion Cambridgeshires War Diary 1st to 15th February 1942

Item Information:

Catalogue Number: MM011 Source: The Moore Papers Location: No 7 Adam park Report No: Not Applicable Artifact Type: Diary Production Date: 2012-03-29 00:00:00 Dimensions of Item: 17 Pages Copyright with The Adam Park Project

Other Description:

Photocopy on A4 paper of the official War DIary Extract for the 1st Battalion Cambridgeshires covering the period from 1st - 15th February 1942 written for Lt Colonel Carpenter. This copy was found in the collection of papers sent with Sgt Moore's medals in 2012. It is a detailed account of the action at Adam Park from the commanding officer's perspective.

Historic Context:

This account was written up in Changi soon after the surrender. The official war diary for the battalion from the time leaving England until 31st January 1942 was sent in duplicate to Oi/c 2nd Echelon at Fort Canning on 3rd February. This diary was understood to have been evacuated via Java with the rest of 2nd Echelon effects. The official war diary for the period of the fighting was destroyed by fire at the battalions HQ at 7 Adam Park on the receipt of the 54 Infantry Brigade's order to 'Cease Fire' at 1600 hours 15th Feb 1942. This new diary was compiled during the first few months of captivity in Changi.

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