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Gerry White

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Shoreham Character Jack(John) Hack
« on: July 27, 2017, 05:51:24 AM »
 I first met Mr Jack Hack, in 1984, Jack lived with wth his wife in the little Cottages behind Ashcroft, in Kingston Lane.
 Jack had served in the Royal Air Force, and had been called up in 1940. He trained as an Aircraft Hand , to service
  front line Spitfire and Hurricane Aircraft. Following training, and after his 21st Birthday, Jack was posted to Malaya.
  Shortly after his arrival by Troopship Jack was sent up Country to Kuala Lumpur. When the Japanese invaded Malaya
they came down the Malay Peninsula, and  Jack along with numerous other Airmen ground crew, was made a Prisoner. He was held in the then Notorious Changi Jail on Singapore Island. He was then transferred to K2 a previously secret base
on Sumatra...A fellow  prisoner made a wooden wheelbarrow it had a hollow space below the base .When working off
the Prison at K2 , the prisoners worked in plantations..They hid food like Pineapples in the wheelbarrow..Being caught would mean execution...after a few Months Jack and his fellow prisoners, were sent by sea to NIPPON or Japan. Many died on the journey below a hold hatch , esp with little or no water, or air. Jack was made to help build his own  Prison Camp, Made of scrap timber Jack described it like Eureka Stockade...Like a Western Cowboy Fort. During his detention
Jack hid his Camera, a birthday gift from his parents, in the base of his water bottle.  Jack was rescued by American  Navy servicemen, he and the photos he took, came back to England via America...This was after the Atomic Bombs dropped on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki... Later in England Jack joined FEPOW  the Far East Prisoner of War assn. He took
up his former employment as a Insurance salesman... Just after the War in 1947 Jacks wife had a severe stroke..and  despite his harrowing experiences as a POW He cared for his wife. His only child a daughter , went to live in the USA.
His claim to fame, was that he weighed more after his imprisonment than before.He thoroughly chewed his rice ration
 so he could share with others. Jack put down his survival to his Christian beliefs.. .


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Re: Shoreham Character Jack(John) Hack
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2017, 09:24:13 AM »
Thanks Gerry.  What an intriguing story.