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Diary of an escape from Singapore in Feb. 1942, after the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, 1960 - 1961

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/RCMS 103/12/3

Scope and Contents

Copy of a diary by Oppenheim describing the retreat of the army to Singapore, the city's surrender and his escape initially by sail boat to Sumatra, Sri Lanka and then Bombay. The diary is anonymous, but Mortimer Hay, who also participated in the escape, has identified its author as Oppeneheim, based upon internal evidence and comparisons of its manuscript with Oppenheim's handwriting. For Hay's account see RCMS 103/12/4.


  • 1960 - 1961

Conditions Governing Access

For conservation reasons, this collection must be read on Cambridge Digital Library or Master Microfilm Reel 8234.

Biographical / Historical

H.R. Oppenheim was a Chartered Accountant who worked for the firm of McAulife, Davis & Hope in Ipoh when the war against Japan began. He served in the Light Battery of the Artillery Section of the F.M.S. Volunteer Forces.


1 file(s) (1 file) : paper

Language of Materials


Former / Other Reference


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore by Mr. C.E.T. Mann, who had purchased it in 1961.

Related Materials

The original diary is listed as RCMS 103/12/21.

Date information

DateText: The diary has a chronological summary from 7 Dec. 1941 to 12 Sept. 1945, but its detailed entries cover the period from 26 Jan. 1942 to 10 Mar. 1943..


Oppenheim, H R

Finding aid date

2012-06-07 16:39:04+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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