05-26-18 – Blog Queen - Sarah Raplee

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I have to be honest here and say that I have never had a near death experience nor has anyone that I know. Of course, I have read about it in the newspapers, heard it on TV etc.  I am not into re-incarnation, and can’t say I have ever met any re-incarnated person. Well, not that I know of.

I am a believer that when your number is up, your number is up. Well sort of.
The nearest I can come to this topic is to tell you the experience of my father. During the 2nd World War he escaped death several times. Who knows whether it was luck or perhaps he had a guardian angel.

 My father was serving in Malaya in 1941. He climbed up a really high tree as the look-out for his platoon. A Japanese plane suddenly appeared and dropped a bomb. The tree was hit and Dad fell to the ground. He should have died but didn’t. Instead he injured his spine and the doctors at the Casualty Clearing Station thought he must have broken his back, but he was evacuated to the military hospital in Singapore and rather than have a broken back it was discovered that bone had been chipped off his spine.

His next lucky escape came a few days before Singapore surrendered to the Japanese. The hospital was bombed, the roof was blown off and Dad was blown out of his bed and the soldier in the next bed was killed.

A couple of days before Singapore surrendered to the Japanese, Dad and a few other wounded escaped Singapore in a small boat. As they sailed out of the harbour a Japanese bomber flew down low, and they thought they were going to be blown out of the water, but the plane flew off and left them alone.

Then, they sailed around for about 3 weeks, not knowing where they were, but as luck would have it, a passing hospital ship picked them up and took them to Colombo, and they eventually made it home to Australia.

In my novel, Daring Masquerade, which is set during the 1st World War, and is one of three novels, in a Special Edition to mark the centenary of this terrible conflict, the heroine Harry, has a dreadful nightmare. She sees her husband, Ross, lying in the mud on the French battlefields. At the same time, Ross who in fact has been seriously wounded, believes he is going to die, and there is no use fighting the inevitable. He feels himself go out of his body, then he hears Harry calling to him, telling him not to die and leave her all alone. She beseeches him to fight to survive. He realizes that if he dies out there in no-man’s land, his body might never be found and Harry would grieve and mourn him for years, even as she hoped that by some miracle he might survive. He can’t do this to her, so with a superhuman effort he gets to his knees and crawls back to his comrades.


Special Centenary Edition containing three novels depicting the tragedy and triumph of three different women during the 1st world War.


A hundred years ago, from the far flung corners of the British Empire, young men rushed to fight for Mother England. They left their wives and sweethearts behind. Many of these brave women waited in vain for their men folk to return. How did they cope with the loss and heartache? Could they ever hope to find happiness with another man? Three full novels, each telling a brave young woman’s story of triumph over tragedy and adversity. Allison’s War, Daring Masquerade and Lauren’s Dilemma.
 Available in print and E-book format.





Sarah Raplee said...

Wow, Margaret, your dad was sure lucky during the war!

Congratulations on the release of your boxed set of WWI Romances.

Shannon said...

Wow! Your dad must have been saved all those times for a reason. Makes you really appreciate life.
What did he do after the war?
Thanks for sharing.

Judith Ashley said...

Margaret, You have a family steeped in historical events. Your dad's life alone is fodder for more than one novel. So glad you are writing and love the research that goes with it.

Great news about the boxed set. WW1 was the war to end all wars. I know there is much to learn about the sacrifices men and women made that can help us in this turbulent time.

Thanks for teaching us about history through writing romance novels.