This month’s candidate for This is Your Life was a relatively new member,
Clive Rotherham who served with the SAS in Malaya. He has also been involved with
personal protection and even local politics.
Meg Parkes was this month’s speaker whose talk was entitled “Tins, Tubes and Tenacity”
and portrayed the way in which FEPOWs (Far Eastern Prisoners of War) managed to
survive the most brutal conditions of their captivity.
The talk focussed on the work done by health officials that were caught up in the conflict and
how they used equipment made by fellow prisoners from the most basic materials. Hence
the title of the talk. The members found it harrowing at times as the conditions in which the
prisoners existed were explained.