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Welsh POW recounts horrors of war as we pause to remember the fallen

11 November 2011

He watched comrades being executed for trying to escape and saw hundreds die from the ravages of dysentery and malaria as a prisoner of war.

David Arthur Harries endured the brutality of his captors and struggled for survival in harrowing conditions in the notorious Japanese prisoner of war camps.

Sixty-six years on, 89-year-old former airman Harries has again been able to share his memories of Indonesia after being reunited with the few who survived.

The comrades were brought together in a reunion paid for by the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return 2 programme.

As the nation prepares to remember those lost at war on Remembrance Day, the pensioner from Carmarthenshire in west Wales, has recounted the harrowing memories.

Listen to a podcast of David’s account

Read the full transcript of the podcast

Read his story in full

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