The book: LIEUTENANT STEPHEN POLKINGHORN DSC, RNR. Author: Peter Oldham
Lt Polkinghorn was the commanding officer of HMS Peterel, a river gunboat, in Shanghai
at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. He refused to
surrender and HMS Peterel ship was sunk in the harbour. He and the surviving members of his crew were taken prisoner.
His story and that of other British POWs in Shanghai, a few weeks before the first atomic bomb was
dropped, is told in the book. Nominal rolls, medical records, details of food, clothing, sports equipment and samples of correspondence are
also given in the book.
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