British civilian schoolchild in Singapore, Malaya, 1939-1942; survivor of sinking of SS Laconia in Atlantic, 9/1942; internee in French Morocco, 1942
REEL 1 Background in Gosport, GB and Singapore, Malaya, 1928-1939: family; education; voyage from GB to Singapore, Malaya aboard SS Dunera to join father; life at RAF Seletar. Aspects of period as schoolgirl in Singapore, Malaya, 1939-1942: girl guide war effort in Singapore; learning shorthand; Japanese air raids on RAF Seletar, 12/1941; air raid precautions; attitude to war; increase in attacks as Japanese advance down Malayan Peninsula; removal to former Japanese consul’s house in Singapore; under strafing attack by Japanese aircraft; evacuation by ship to Columbo, Ceylon, 2/1942. Aspects of period as civilian schoolchild in South Africa, 1942: evacuation to Durban, South Africa.
REEL 2 Continues: father’s escape from Singapore to South Africa. Recollections of voyage from South Africa aboard SS Laconia including sinking in Atlantic, 9/1942: conditions on board; description of ship; torpedoing of ship, 12/9/1942; problems of getting a place on lifeboat; sight of ship sinking, 12/9/1942; organisation of lifeboat; conditions in lifeboat, 13/9/1942; description of lifebelts; arrival of Italian submarine Cappenllini; reaction of German U-boat commander Werner Hartenstein to sinking; evacuation of Italian wounded from lifeboat; removal of women and children from lifeboat onto U-156.
REEL 3 Continues: Werner Hartenstein’s removal of survivors from U-boat to lifeboats after American aircraft attack; rescue by Vichy French ship. Aspects of period as internee in French Morocco, 1942: removal to internment camp; conditions in camp; daily activities; quality of rations; tending allotments; liberation by American troops; evacuation in hospital ship Newfoundland to Gibraltar; return voyage from Gibraltar to GB. Aspects of sinking of SS Laconia, 9/1942: reaction to sinking of ship; conditions in lifeboat.