Photocopies of a ts memoir (42pp), written in 1954, and associated documents covering his career as a tea planter in Ceylon and with the Ceylon Labour Commission in India (1893 - 1926), with a brief reference to his service as a junior officer on the Quartermaster General's staff at GHQ BEF (1917 - 1918), but describing in particular his appointment, at the age of 66, as Chief Postal Censor, Malaya (1940 - 1942), the final days of the battle for Singapore, his evacuation in the KUALA and her sinking by Japanese aircraft in the Rhio archipelago (13 February 1942), his voyage by small boats on to Singkep and Sumatra and journey across the island to the west coast port of Padang (February - March 1942), his subsequent internment by the Japanese in camps in Padang and Bangkinang (April 1942 - August 1945), his family's uncertainty about his fate until 1944, his praise for the stalwart services of some of his fellow internees (notably the Australian woman Dr M J Lyon) and his journey home by sea from India with his granddaughter, a WRNS officer (October - November 1945). The original ms pass (1p) authorising him to leave Singapore on 13 February 1942 is appended to the memoir.
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.