Mr. Reginald Bulled is an amazing human being. Back in 1941, at the young age of 19, Reginald Bulled joined the Royal Corps of Signals in the British army and was quickly shipped off to defend Singapore from the Japanese Imperial Army. A few months later, he was captured and started his four-year ordeal as a Japanese POW in various internment camps in South East Asia.
60,000 Allied soldiers were forced by the Japanese Imperial Army to build the ‘death railroad’ through the dense jungle to connect Bangkok to Rangoon. During this time, POWs were faced with starvation, beatings, deadly tropical diseases and never ending exhaustion. When the railroad was finally completed, 16,000 POWs and 100,000 Asian civilians had perished.
The Christian faith and the love of his life had given Reginald Bulled the strength he needed to carry on despite the tremendous sufferings. After 50 years, Reginald Bulled has decided to put his war experience into a memoir so that future generations can learn about the atrocities committed during WWW II in Asia.
In his words, “I…try [to] put down…firmly the atrocities and brutal treatment I and many thousands of others suffered at the hands of the Japanese during World War II in the prisoner-of-war camps…they are memories that will not go away and many of the incidents written here are still as vivid in my mind as they were when they actually occurred.”
Mr. Reginald Bulled is now 94 years old and resides in Toronto.
Introduction by Toronto ALPHA:
Faith, Love and Railroad is a firsthand account of a British soldier held in captivity in Singapore and Thailand from 1942 to 1945. It depicts the life of a prisoner of war who endured inhumane living and working conditions under the Japanese Imperial Army. With astounding courage, Reginald Bulled relived his experiences to record them as a testament to the past.
Published by the Association for Learning and Preserving the History of World War II in Asia (ALPHA), Reginald Bulled’s Faith, Love & the Railroad is a raw telling of the power of the human spirit, a compelling life story that exemplifies how humour, love and faith can overcome adversity.