Old soldier found hiding after 60+ years

#2
Such a shame for the old lad, it is a shame that they felt it better to hide him away rather than get him help. But different times and all that. Hopefully he'll get the full support he needs for the rest of his life.

Although he must have a remarkable constitution to be this age.

(PS. Shouldn't there be warnings for links to the Mirror? I don't like reading it in anyform, to be honest, thanks to their delightful piece on Iraqi prisoner abuse a few years ago. It is always the first rag I reach for when I need to mop something up.)
 
#3
A very sad story. People may say its disgusting to happen in this day & age etc. But this poor chap probally did,nt know about the help available to him & because of the horror he experienced on the railway did,nt want help & became a recluse. Lets now hope he gets a good standard of care for his final years. My heart goes out to him & I wish him a speedy recovery.

Regards LT.
 
#4
chocolate_frog said:
(PS. Shouldn't there be warnings for links to the Mirror?
Sorry, but I thought the article was worth posting about
 
#5
My grand-father was a prisoner of the Japs during the same time and worked on that railway system. I think it is a perfect time for the Japs to make an open and full apology to all those lost and also those obviously still suffering at their murderous hands.

Evil evil little men.
 
#6
A sad story and a rare bit of publicity for Combat Stress, one of the lesser known forces charities.

More information on their good work HERE
 
#7
The worst thing is the the bloody Japs refuse to compensate. I know its late, but some sort of formal apology could go a long way. for those intersted, here is a link about Japs refusing to accept war crimes

japs
 
#9
I'm not blaming anyone but I hope the MoD is going to give him 60 years pension (with associated interest). He should be spoilt rotten for the what remains of his life.
 
#10
floppyjocky said:
I'm not blaming anyone but I hope the MoD is going to give him 60 years pension (with associated interest). He should be spoilt rotten for the what remains of his life.
I'll second that, he deserves no less.
 
#12
This story has really upset me, but thank you for posting it.
I can only hope the gentleman concerned is now receiving the medical care he deserves.

Thank goodness there are a few people working to ensure that ex-servicemen and women do not slip through the social care net
 
#13
One man I drink with will tell how his father used to shudder when ever the jap was brought up as a subject. My own father used to shudder when he told tales of his time in Burma.
I also drink witha 86 year old vet from thoes days. He now has at least one good Japanese friend, however sometimes when we two old lads talk he too shudders on the subject of jap and on one occasion he gripped my hand and said
'You know John in war there are things grown men should not have to see'.
john
My deepest sympathy for the old lad, now all alone.
 

Cutaway

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#14
jonwilly said:
One man I drink with will tell how his father used to shudder when ever the jap was brought up as a subject. My own father used to shudder when he told tales of his time in Burma.
I also drink witha 86 year old vet from thoes days. He now has at least one good Japanese friend, however sometimes when we two old lads talk he too shudders on the subject of jap and on one occasion he gripped my hand and said
'You know John in war there are things grown men should not have to see'.
john
My deepest sympathy for the old lad, now all alone.
Perhaps we can try to ensure he knows he's not alone, if anyone from Combat Stress can give a central address maybe a letter or two from serving and ex sldrs could get through to him in the time he has left.
Letters of support rather than sympathy of course.
 
#15
Such a shame this guy (and his family) had to suffer through 60years of pain and anguish without anyones help.

Puts all our problems into context really...
 
#16
Cutaway said:
jonwilly said:
One man I drink with will tell how his father used to shudder when ever the jap was brought up as a subject. My own father used to shudder when he told tales of his time in Burma.
I also drink witha 86 year old vet from thoes days. He now has at least one good Japanese friend, however sometimes when we two old lads talk he too shudders on the subject of jap and on one occasion he gripped my hand and said
'You know John in war there are things grown men should not have to see'.
john
My deepest sympathy for the old lad, now all alone.
Perhaps we can try to ensure he knows he's not alone, if anyone from Combat Stress can give a central address maybe a letter or two from serving and ex sldrs could get through to him in the time he has left.
Letters of support rather than sympathy of course.
Is anyone taking this forward? Rather than several contacting them......

Beebs x
 

Goatman

ADC
Book Reviewer
#17
Plant-Pilot said:
A sad story and a rare bit of publicity for Combat Stress, one of the lesser known forces charities.

More information on their good work HERE
Please take the time to check out the two threads in "Charities and Welfare" :
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=30698.html
and
http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=31600.html


If anyone can spare a couple of hours on May 6th, the Combat Stress fundraising office would love to hear from you.


Thanks all,

G'Man
 
#18
It makes you wonder if anyone else is out there, in the same situation?

I hope your remaining time is made the best it can be.
 
#19
Wonder if new labour will sort his service invalidity benefit and war pension Back Pay?

Hats off to the fella! and may we continue to turn our backs on visiting japanese dignitories.

Rincewind
 
#20
Have contacted CS to see if we can't get an address to send off care packages/letters of support to the old guy......

Thing is in the beautiful UK once you enter a care situation they take ALL of your pension from you and give you 'pocket money'.

This is supposed to cover everything else. So if he likes a smoke or a beer he'd have to fund it himself and after 60 years of being cared for it may be a bit much.

Will keep updated!

Beebs x
 

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