THE BOY FROM BOWEN – Diary of a Sandakan Pow

THE BOY FROM BOWEN – Diary of a Sandakan Pow


This is an Australian story, the “rise of the underdog” which leaves you feeling that you are sharing this incredible Aussie digger’s experiences firsthand. A remarkable man who was once just a boy from Bowen.


In July 1942 Lt. Leslie Bunn Glover became one of over 1750 AIF Soldiers held as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese Imperial Forces in Sandakan, Borneo which had a 99.9% death rate. In “The Boy From Bowen” Leslie shares his remarkable and personal story of how he survived the suffering and slavery under the Japanese occupation. An insightful study of a man’s resourcefulness and ingenuity as an unwanted child in the 1920’s and 30’s, this living history detail a life of foster homes, poverty, working in the railways, Army training and eventually war. Leslie reveals his extraordinary determination of character and strength of spirit amidst a life of trial and struggle which has taken on grand and terrible proportions.

A civilian after the war, Leslie, determine to make something of himself after almost four years of imprisonment, employed sheer hard work and determination to climb the ladder of success in his academic and business endeavours to eventually become the Secretary and Executive Officer of the Australian Shipbuilding Board, and a successful businessman in his own companies.

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1. Introduction
2. Unplanned
3. Boyhood Days in Bowen
4. School of Hard Knocks
5. High School, The Railway and The Hint of War
6. Mates, Girls, Military Duties
7. From Singapore to Sandakan: The Fight of Our Lives
8. Closer Than Brothers: Sandakan POW’s
9. The Cruelty and Mateship of Life as a Prisoner
10. Kuching POW Days: Clinging to Life
11. The Basic Force of Hope
12. Welcomed Home at Last
13. Finding My Perfect Wife
14. Life Beyond The Army: Setting Goals and Building Dreams
15. Keeping Promises
16. Appendix

Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Kristan Enterprises Pty. Limited
Author: Leslie Bunn Glover

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