British civilian paediatrician worked for Colonial Medical Service in Gold Coast, West Africa and Malaya, 1929-1942; interned in Changi Prison, Sime Road camp and Kempeitai prisons in Singapore, Malaya, 1942-1945
REEL 1: Background in Jamaica and GB, 1893-1920s: childhood in Jamaica; emigrated to GB, 1905; education at Bath High School and Oxford University; effects of First World War on training as doctor. Aspects of period in Ghana (Gold Coast), West Africa, 1929-1936: story of joining Colonial Medical Service, 1929; attitude to role as woman doctor in Africa; story of identifying disease kwashiorkor, 1936; reason for being transferred to Singapore. Aspects of period in Malaya, 1936-1941: description of work as paediatrician; awareness of Japanese invasion; problem of lack of resources; story of leave in GB, 1940; description of work in Trengganu, North Malaya, 1941; role as advocate of breastfeeding; types of diseases prevalent in Trengganu; reaction to Japanese invasion at Khota Bahru, 1941; description of journey to Singapore; attitude to leaving patients behind. Aspects of period in Singapore, Malaya, 1941-1942: story of reprimand from Director of Medical Services; question of surfeit of doctors; role in charge of care for babies and children injured in bombing; attitude to danger during air raids; opinion of Chinese population; story of evacuation of British wives and children; question of Japanese interning mental cases on separate island; opinion of behaviour of Allied troops; description of working conditions; story of being moved to Changi Prison. Recollections of period in Changi Prison, Sime Road camp and Kempeitai prisons in Singapore, Malaya,1942-1945: description of women's quarters in Changi; organisation of medical services; story of survival of thirty breastfed babies; description of men's quarters; contact between male and female prisoners.
REEL 2 Continues: further comments on relations between male and female prisoners; story of abortion; opinion of Eleanor Hopkins; appointed head of women's camp and women's representative; relations with camp commandant; reaction of commandant to Japanese surrender, 8/1945; composition of women's section; description of accommodation and sanitary facilities; problem of lack of supplies; personal possessions; food; types of rice; cooking and food distribution; role of food committee; separate treatment for elderly prisoners; attention to nutrition; purchasing of food from outside camp; sharing of food; role of Red Cross; story of parole period and writing report for Japanese on condition of children; Europeans living outside camp; description of accommodation in flat; memory of assistant Katharine de Moubray; identification signs; Japanese attitude to local population; opinion of Eurasians; reason for parole; propaganda value of report for Japanese; reason for accepting parole and writing report; description of Singapore; story of Chinese girl prostitute; role in helping library at Raffles College; relations with European men during parole; story of Christmas dinner, 1943; clothing; water supplies; furnishings; organisation of duties for doctors; responsibility for diets; diseases prevalent in camp; medical supplies; varying attitudes to living conditions; buying of supplies; operations; story of having hysterectomy in Singapore hospital; sanitary protection for female prisoners and reason for cessation of periods; care and education of children.
REEL 3 Continues: recreational activities; problem of weight loss following period in Kempeitai prison and medical care; resilience of prisoners; opinion of Reverend John Wilson's work in camp including holding church services; story of being awarded CMG; morale among prisoners; question of working in India; awareness of war situation; use of clandestine radios and punishments; story of being taken to Kempeitai prison for interrogation; arrest of friend Freddie (Frederica) Bloom; description of interrogation and opinion of interrogator; description of accommodation in cage with male prisoners and lack of sanitary facilities; memory of hearing prisoners being tortured; moved to new Kempeitai prison; description of accommodation in cell with seven male prisoners; story of torture and death of prisoner in cage; story of helping prisoner Cyril Jackson after being tortured; memories of other prisoners in cage; story of seeing Freddie Bloom in cage; reaction to seeing other prisoners being beaten and tortured; opinion of food; problem of severe weight loss during six months in Kempeitai prisons; description of cages holding prisoners.
REEL 4 Continues: further memories of Freddie Bloom and return to Changi; physical and mental effects of period in Kempeitai prisons; story of being moved to Sime Road camp; opinion of living conditions; story of failed escape attempt from Changi and Japanese reprisals; deaths and funerals in Changi; prison chapel; contacts between husbands and wives; bathing in sea; rumours of end of war; story of reading English version of Japanese newspaper; relations with camp guards; sexual relations between prisoners and Japanese; story of Japanese guard being killed by male prisoners; description of liberation of camp; story of army doctor arriving in Changi; celebrations following liberation; food supplies; attitude to Japanese; effects of being in camps; memories of French nuns and Dutch internees; relations between internees; role of Lady Mountbatten in helping internees; story of attending surrender ceremony of Japanese generals; opinion of broadcast of ceremony; story of post-war meeting with Lady Mountbatten.
REEL 5 Continues: Aspects of post-war life and employment: returned to GB; issued with double rations to regain weight; summary of career as paediatrician including working for World Health Organisation; reason for declining to act as adviser on BBC television series 'Tenko'; opinion of authenticity of 'Tenko'. Aspects of period in Changi and Kempeitai prisons, Singapore, Malaya, 1942-1945: further description of conditions in Kempeitai prison and memories of Freddie Bloom; story of prayer book; humour in Changi; story of putting on circus for Japanese in Changi.