"When we had all taken our seats the Japanese delegation of seven were marched in. They wore no head-dress or arms and, in fact, had been searched before they were allowed into the room. The seven were made up of two Vice Admirals, two Air Corps Generals and three Army Generals, including Itagaki who was representing Field Marshal count Terauchi, the Japanese Commander-in-Chief Southern Regions, who was ill and unable to be present. When they were seated I looked very carefully at all these Japanese senior officers' faces and tried to see in any one of them anything which I could classify as clever or nice featured in any way. They really had "beastly" faces without any trace of kindliness in them, in fact, quite barbarian.A few moments later the Supreme Commander came in and, of course, everybody stood up; later we sat down and Itagaki presented his credentials. Lord Louis then read out the instrument of surrender and requested Itagaki to sign. This he did, affixing his own and Field Marshal Terauchi's seals."
Gen Percival, captured when Singapore fell, was not there to see the Japanese surrender. He stood instead immediately behind Gen MacArthur on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay as Hirohito's representatives confirmed the terms of the surrender.
The deaths of 12,000 Commonwealth POWs at the hands of the Japanese cannot be forgotten, and indeed resonates personally. The 18th Division, arriving in Singapore just before the surrender, was an Anglian division. Amongst those captured was Fr Malcolm Cowin, RC Chaplain to the 2nd Cambridgeshire Regt. He survived Japanese captivity and the war, and built the church of Our Lady and St Thomas of Canterbury in Wymondham, Norfolk as a 'debt of honour' to those 12,000 dead, and a focal point for FEPOW, the Far East Prisoners of War Association. He was my school Chaplain.