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15 October 2014
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Len (Snowie) Baynes
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A member of the Territorial 1st. Battn., I was mobilised a week before the outbreak of WW2 to defend Duxford Aerodrome against ground and air attack.
After a few weeks we were replaced, and began infantry training at Weeting Hall, Brandon.
Bored, I volunteered to join No.11 Independent Coy. and was situated under canvas on the Dell Football ground at Southampton.
This later became No.1 Commando, and we were deployed in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, when an attack from the sea was expected after Dunkirk.
We later moved to Gourock, Scotland, and embarked on a cattle boat, to go to defend Norway; but after five days we returned to base, as Norway had been captured by the Germans.
I was recalled to my regiment after a few months, as they were expecting to embark for overseas.
Eventually we did embark, for North Africa. We were deflected at sea, and were sent to Singapore, where, after a catastrophic campaign, we were captured by the Japanese, eventually to build a railway in Thailand for them, where disease and ill treatment at one time reduced me to weigh 4 stone.
But that's another tale, told in 'Kept-The Other Side of Tenko'
You can e-mail me on Baynes@glenoak.org.uk, or visit my website: www.glenoak.org.uk/baynes/

Stories contributed by Len (Snowie) Baynes

'The Will To Live': Chapter 02 - A Very Important Jobicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 09 - The Fall of Singaporeicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 03 - After Dunkirkicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
After Dunkirk: 1st Battallion, the Cambridgeshire Regiment
'The Will To Live': Chapter 10 - Captured!
'The Will To Live': Chapter 01 - How WW2 Beganicon for Recommended story
'The Will To Live': Chapter 11 - Introduction To Jap POW Life
'The Will To Live': Chapter 12 - In Changi POW Camp
Soldier's View of the Fall of Singapore 1941-2icon for Recommended story
'The Will to Live': Chapter 13: In River Valley Road POW Camp
'The Will To Live': Chapter 04 - A Long Way Roundicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 05 - The Chaos Beginsicon for Recommended story
'The Will To Live': Chapter 06 - Fighting in Singaporeicon for Recommended story
'The Will To Live': Chapter 07 - Battle for Singaporeicon for Recommended story
'The Will To Live': Chapter 08 - The Battle for Singapore Continuesicon for Recommended story
'The Will to Live': Chapter 14 : ‘Ballachang’ and Bayonet Fightingicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 15 - Sorties Outside the Wire
'The Will To Live': Chapter 16 - ‘Yasume’ Days and Ebonite
'The Will To Live': Chapter 17 - Electric Light, Entertainment and Snails
'The Will To Live': Chapter 18 - In Changi, Singaporeicon for Recommended story
'The Will To Live': Chapter 19 - A New Enemy, Ant Stings, & Close Confinement
'The Will To Live': Chapter 20 - I Have a Mucker, Red Cross Rations & a Scottish RSM
'The Will To Live': Chapter 21 - A Journey Into The Unknown in Steel Cattle Trucksicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 22 - A Taste of What Was to Comeicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 23 - We Cross The River, & Camp is Flooded, Trucks Fuelled by Woodicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 24 - We See Our First Allied Planes, And Catch a Thief.icon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 25 - Japanese Friend & Lost in the Jungleicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 26 - Bamboo, Our Drunken Captain, & I Swim to a Short Freedomicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 27 - A Very Fine Leadericon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 28 - Tamarkan & Sexton Baynesicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 29 - Vinegar, Gore & Farewells
'The Will To Live': Chapter 30 - A Monument to Our Dead, & Allied Aircrafticon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 31 - Blood, Wells & Evil in High Places
'The Will To Live': Chapter 32 - Slaughterman, Oven Builder, & Much Sweetnessicon for Story with photo
'The Will To Live': Chapter 33 - Bridges, Oxen, Tigers, and a Javanese Ladicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': A Forewordicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 34 - Bridge Repairs, Elephants, Air Raids, In Charge, Promotionicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 35 - Wounded Soldiers, Aussie Friend, and Twice Poisonedicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 36 - Very Sick, Weigh 4 Stone, Jap Horse Doctor, and True Story of "The Bridge Over the River Kwai"icon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 37 - Our Officers Go, Top Class Train Ride, Hurricane, Scarce Water, Aerodrome Building, and Escapericon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 38 - Injuries Heal, Take Charge of the Aussies, The War Endsicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 39 - American Visitor, Red Cross Goods, Officers Back, ‘Endurance Vile’ Endsicon for Story with photo
'The Will to Live': Chapter 40 - Even Freedom Has its Troublesicon for Recommended storyicon for Story with photo
The Squabbly Dwarfsicon for Story with photo
The Royal Successionicon for Story with photo
Singapore Now
'The Will to Live': Chapter 40aicon for Story with photo
The Jaywick Operation
THE WILL TO LIVE Addendum

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