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Alf Davey

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  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "TRIBUTES were paid yesterday to one of Britain’s last remaining Burma Railway prisoners of war who has died aged 97.
    Alf Davey was captured by the Japanese in Singapore in 1942 and sent to work on the “Death Railway” from Burma to Thailand the following year.
    He spent three-and-a-half years in captivity and forced to help build the 258-mile railway line through near impossible terrain.
    He was freed by US troops in 1945 – just as the Japanese were about to execute him. Mr Davey, of Blackburn, Lancs, suffered years of nightmares and malaria because of his cruel treatment.
    He died last Monday and community leaders paid tribute to his extraordinary exploits and determination.
    His daughter Jennifer Pickup, 67, of Darwen, Lancs, said: “My father was a remarkable man with a extraordinary life. He would tell stories about the Burma Railway if asked but did not let it dominate his life.”
    Born in Suffolk, Mr Davey joined 4th Battalion of the Royal Norfolk Regiment.
    He was posted to the Far East in 1942 and put to work on the “Death Railway” in 1943."
    Tribute to one of UK's last PoWs from River Kwai 'Death Railway' dies aged 97

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