My father, Gunner Basil William Bancroft, service number 1470534, was a FEPOW captured at the fall of Singapore in Feb. 1942. He was initially held in Changi camp and was transferred to Saigon with most of his regiment under Lt Col Hugonin on 4/4/1942. I believe that they would have travelled by ship. He was held at the Saigon Docks camp and worked at the docks until his escape in September 1943. There is a page about him in Richard Kandler’s book “The Prisoner List“, which I am yet to receive from the Book Depository (I now reside in Australia so it could take weeks). While we know that he escaped alone from Saigon and made his way back to the UK we don’t know which route he took and what assistance he received along the way. From childhood memories I recall that he escaped via Burma and was shot in the foot. I seem to remember him mentioning his involvement with the French Resistance/Free French in Indo-China. My brother found an article describing an incident where our father crossed a border in the company of escaped US Servicemen but has been unable to find any further details. We assume that he would have been debriefed by MI9 or a similar unit, either on his return to the UK or when he met up with British military or diplomatic personnel along his escape route. My question is: Would his service record include details of his escape and debrief or do we need to look elsewhere? If it exists, would his Unit’s War Diary provide any useful information?