Sunderland’s own Railway Man dies aged 97

YOUNG MAN: Pat as a young soldier.

YOUNG MAN: Pat as a young soldier.

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A WEARSIDE prisoner-of-war who was forced at gunpoint to slave on Burma’s Railway of Death has died at the age of 97.

 Brutal beatings left Pat Geldart badly scarred, starvation rations saw his muscular frame turn skeletal and jungle fever almost killed him. But he refused to ever give up hope.

DEATH RAILWAY: Where Pat Geldart worked at gun-point until his clothes rotted off him.
DEATH RAILWAY: Where Pat Geldart worked at gun-point until his clothes rotted off him.

 “I had three bairns. I had to get back,” the great-grandfather recalled in an interview in 2000. “The thought of seeing my wife Alice and the bairns again kept me alive.”

 

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