Photograph of Albert Riley

Albert Riley (the man in the centre of the photograph) held the rank of Private in the 196 Field Ambulance unit (a part of the Royal Army Medical Corps). Riley arrived in Singapore on 29 January 1941 with his unit, and helped to treat the sick and wounded British soldiers. On 22 February 1942, the 196 Field Ambulance unit, including Riley, joined in the 15-mile march to Changi Prison and Riley stayed on as a prisoner of war in Changi till 26 June 1942, after which he was moved to work in the camps or hospitals around the Burma-Thailand Railway (also known as the Death Railway. Fortunately, Riley survived the war and was able to return to Britain after the war ended.