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Escape from Singapore A POW Saga


May 27 2022 to May 27 2022 6:30 p.m.



Bangalore International Centre

7 4th Main Rd, Stage 2, Domlur 560071

Event Description

Lieutenant Markandan (Mark) Pillai was commissioned into the Bombay Sappers in 1941 and sent to the Malaya theatre soon after. He was in Singapore when the city fell most unexpectedly to the Japanese in February 1942. He was determined to escape and on his second attempt some weeks later, he and two companions escaped and found their way north through Malaysia, Siam and then Burma. Two of them reached Allied Lines in Assam many months later. He was awarded the Military Cross for his efforts. This is the story of his remarkable escape by train, foot and boat with no financial resources, written by him a few years later and published by his children decades later after his retirement and death.

A conversation between Rear Admiral (Retired) Sampath Pillai (son of Lieutenant, later Brigadier, Markandan (Mark) Pillai) and Viju Parameshwar.

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