The Long Journey Home, by R.G. Davis
Booklet published by the Braunton Museum in 2002, 40 pages. A5 size booklet (N6095X2)
In this booklet the author provides a fascinating (albeit brief) account of his experiences during the Second World War. Born and brought up in the Devon village of Braunton, Reginald joined the Royal Navy as a boy seaman in 1936, and during the Second World War he was stationed in Hong Kong. When the British colony surrendered to the Japanese in 1941, Reginald was captured and spent the rest of the war as a POW, and when the war ended he was freed and made his way back to Devon (via the USA!).
From the forward: This narrative covers a period of my service in the Royal Navy from the time I was fifteen until I was twenty five. Which includes a period when I was a guest of the Imperial Japanese Army...
I have refrained from describing the brutalities imposed on us by the Japanese, it would serve no purpose and it has adequately been described elsewhere. This happened over fifty years ago and life is mellower and one tends to remember the good things in ones life and shut out the unpleasant and this is what I have tried to do.
One can't forget ones companions during this period, with piety and thankfulness. Nearly all have passed on now and the world has been that much better for their presence, but it is nice to reflect on that period in my life when their friendship can truly be classed as genuine and in some cases has lasted over half a century. I have never forgotten my inheritance and the people of Braunton who meant so much to me on my return to a civilised world. There was no guidance given in those days, not even a proposed diet to assist in returning to normality, you just got on with your life, in my case, with help and kind understanding by the people I was brought up with...
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side.