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"Piggy" Heath fought in Egypt and Mesopotamia in the First World War, losing an eye and suffering permanent injury to his left arm. He commanded III Corps in Malaya when war broke out in the Pacific. He unsuccessfully urged that his corps be withdrawn from eastern Malaya after the Japanese landings in December 1941. As a result, by the time the withdrawal was ordered on 2 January 1942, 22 Indian Brigade was under attack by 56 Regiment and its withdrawal was a shambles. Heath subsequently urged deep withdrawals to southern Malaya that were also rejected, with better reason.
Percival was of the opinion that Heath was distracted during the campaign by the knowledge that his wife, who was in Singapore, was about to give birth. Heath joined Bennett in calling for an early surrender of the colony to spare civilians.
During his captivity, Heath was once punched in the face
and then imprisoned in a half-flooded dark cell for two days after
he refused to "discuss the defenses of India" (Thompson 2005). Word of
his treatment got around and helped stiffen resistance to coercive interrogation from
other prisoners of war.
||19 Punjab Regiment
||King's African Rifles
||Artillery, Egypt and Mesopotamia
||Deputy assistant adjutant and
quartermaster-general, India and Afghanistan
||Deputy assistant adjutant-general, India
||Commander, Seistan Levy Corps
||Commander, Army School of Education, India
||10/14 Punjab Regiment
||Commander, 1/11 Sikh Regiment
||Instructor, Senior Officer's
||Commander, Wana Brigade,
||Commander, Deccan District,
||Commander, 7 Indian Division
||Commander, III Corps, Malaya|
||Surrenders with his
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