Despite illness and with death an everyday occurrence, Captain Ronald Horner took part in countless theatrical productions during his incarceration by the Japanese in World War II, designed to raise morale and bring some sense of normality, or illusion of normality, amidst the horrors of starvation, disease and brutality. The famous cartoonist Ronald Searle was a fellow PoW and some of the drawings here are by him. They both survived the ordeal; and so did Ronald Horner's diary, hidden in the false bottom of a suitcase.
Ronald Horner was born in St Albans, Herts. He was called up in February 1940 and disembarked in Singapore in January 1942 and became a POW at the capitulation on 15 February. He was initially in India Lines Changi, proceeded to Thailand on loan to Japanese Thailand Administration and returned to Singapore on completion of the railway, first to Sime Road and latterly to Changi Gaol. He returned to the UK in 1945. His main interests were cricket, rugby, charitable works and Countdown.