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John Baxter

Missing, Believed Killed

The remarkable story of a Japanese POW camp survivor

Aurum Press ( 2010)

Baxter Missing, Believed KilledJohn Baxter was 91, when his book about his experiences in Japanese POW camps was published.  Royal Engineer Baxter was captured and imprisoned in Indonesia in 1942.  He was starved and beaten, and contracted malaria, dysentery and diphtheria, for which he received no treatment.  For the last two years of the War, he worked in the hard labour mines in Japan, where, in August 1945, he felt the direct blast of the atomic bomb falling on Nagasaki 40 miles away.