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Civilian Internment : The Double Tenth

Churchill, William Foster Norton, 1898-1963

Civilian Internment

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Outline for a television screenplay set in Changi Gaol inspired by the Double Tenth incident. On 10 Oct. 1943, civilian internees were arrested and tortured by the Japanese military police, who mistakenly believed that they had helped to instigate a raid upon Singapore Harbour. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'> Churchill had fought in the First World War and been imprisoned by the Germans. The file includes two caricatures, the first entitled 'Double Dose: a comparison in incarceration' which features a Japanese and a German soldier. The second is of Karl Niemeyer, the German commander of Holzminden prisoner-of-war camp during World War I. (3 sheets).</p><p style='text-align: justify;'>William Foster Norton Churchill joined the Malayan Civil Service in 1921 and served as Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary Sir George Maxwell during 1922-1923 and to Governor Sir Hugh Clifford during 1927-1929. After internment at Changi and Sime Road between 1942 and 1945 following the fall of Malaya to the Japanese, Churchill occupied the post of Resident Commissioner and later British Advisor, Kelantan, between 1946 and his retirement in 1953. </p>

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