Reg Twigg was born at Wigston (Leicester) barracks on 16 December 1913, just a few months before the outbreak of the First World War. He was called up to the Leicestershire Regiment in 1940 but instead of fighting Hitler he was sent to the Far East, stationed at Singapore. When captured by the Japanese he decided he would do everything to survive. After the war Reg worked as a warehouseman until retirement, cycling twenty miles daily to Leicester. He still lives in Leicester, and with his family he visited the sites of the POW camps in Thailand in 2006.