Alistair Urquhart

in Aberdeen, Scotland, The United Kingdom
September 08, 1919

October 07, 2016


Alistair Urquhart was a retired Scottish businessman and author of The Forgotten Highlander, an account of the three and a half years he spent as a Japanese prisoner of war during his service in the Gordon Highlanders infantry regiment during the Second World War.

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“Life is worth living and no matter what it throws at you it is important to keep your eyes on the prize of the happiness that will come. Even when the Death Railway reduced us to little more than animals, humanity in the shape of our saintly medical officers triumphed over barbarism.

Remember, while it always seems darkest before the dawn, perseverance pays off and the good times will return.”
Alistair Urquhart, The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

“These slightly older men in their thirties and forties seemed to survive in much greater numbers. Surprisingly it was the young men who died first on the railway. Perhaps the older ones were stronger emotionally. Perhaps with families they had more to live for.”
Alistair Urquhart, The Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific

“I knew people were dying around me on the railway but I didn't really want to know. It was too dispiriting. It was difficult to judge the full toll of casualties and by this stage I had become so self-obsessed, in a true mental battle just to get through each day. I had very few friends at Hellfire Pass and most of us were the same. We all worked so hard that, just trying to survive, each person became more and more insular as it became more difficult. It required a superhuman effort to make it to the end of each day.”
Alistair Urquhart, The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

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