The Captain Was a Doctor

The Captain Was a Doctor

The Long War and Uneasy Peace of POW John Reid

Jonathon Reid


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  • A remarkable story about a Canadian war hero who survived the Battle of Hong Kong only to be held prisoner of war for over two years in a Japanese prison camp
  • John Reid saved scores of lives as doctor and commanding officer of the Canadian POWs in Japan
  • Upon returning to Canada, he was hailed a hero but his life and family was forever altered by his wartime experiences
  • Explores how unacknowledged PTSD of returning soldiers changed the lives of an entire family, in the vein of Diana Bishop's memoir Living Up to a Legend
  • Author is the son of John Reid, and relied on family lore and archives to re-create the fascinating life story
  • August 15, 2020 is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Japan Day, which celebrates the end of fighting in Japan


Jonathon Reid:

Jonathon Reid has worked as a filmmaker, English teacher, freelance writer, magazine editor, and partner in a magazine publishing firm. He lives in Toronto.