WWII buffs will know this act of cruelty perpetrated by the Japanese army, but most people don’t – The Nazis seem to hog all the general public’s attention. Even when discussing specific Japanese atrocities in South Asia, most people will know the Bataan death march, Unit 731 or the ‘Rape of Nanking’. The Alexandra Hospital Massacre in Singapore was up there (or down there) with the worst things the Imperial Army did during the war.
Around 50 soldiers, medical personnel and civilians were killed at the hospital, many immobile or recuperating from injuries, some were even killed whilst they were undergoing surgery.
Here is an excerpt from Lt. F. T. Moore’s eyewitness account: “A party of Japs came into the Reception Room shouting and threatening the staff and patients who were congregated there. Sergeant Sherrif was bayoneted and died; the remainder were similarly treated. Another party of Japanese went into Wards 16 and 17 causing injuries to the patients. They entered the kitchens of these two wards and killed Private Bruce, probably using a Tommy-gun. This party was also shown the RED CROSS brassards and replied by firing and throwing a hand grenade into the Sister’s bunk.”