From Hell Island to Hay Fever

From Hell Island to Hay Fever

The remarkable story of Dr Bill Frankland.

When celebrating his 106th birthday, Dr Bill Frankland was asked why he had lived to such an age. His reply was quite straightforward, ‘Because I have been so near to death so many times’. This is the biography of a truly remarkable man. Growing up in the Lake District, he qualified as a doctor in 1938. A year later he joined the Army, and served his country throughout World War 2. It was only the toss of a coin which saved him from certain death in Singapore in February 1942. 

Imprisoned on Hell Island he suffered terribly under his Japanese captors. After the war he decided not to talk about his experiences. Instead, focussing on his career in medicine, he worked for Sir Alexander Fleming, developed the pollen count and helped thousands of patients suffering from hay fever. An internationally acclaimed expert, he has treated presidents and paupers around the world. Using his own words, this book tells the story of an outstanding doctor, one who has lived through two world wars, served his King and Country and made major contributions to medicine.

From Hell Island To Hay Fever – The Life of Dr Bill Frankland by Paul Watkins is available now on AmazonWaterstones and Foyles

Listen to Dr Bill Frankland’s interview with BBC HARDtalk, as he speak Stephen Sackur about being a world renowned expert on allergies and one of the last remaining British survivors of the Japanese prisoner of war camps in World War Two.

Available here.

106 year old, Dr Bill Frankland, spoke to The Times about his career in medicine and working with Sir Alexander Fleming, to how he came to be a Prisoner of War during the Second World War. The article below was published Monday 3rd December 2018. written by Kat Lay.

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