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Digger's Story

How do you survive when you're beaten, starved and humiliated as a prisoner of war in a camp on the Thai-Burma railway? 'You stick together, that's what you do,' says David 'Digger' Barrett. 'You scam, lie, steal, cheat and hate the bastards with as much energy as you love and protect your mates.'

Digger was given his nickname at an early age by his father. It was prophetic: as an eighteen-year-old looking for fun and adventure, he enlisted as a private and served in World War II. After surviving the Malayan campaign, he would spend over three years as a Japanese prisoner of war.

David Barrett and Brian RobertsonIt would take David more than fifty years to rid his mind of the hate he had for the guards of the Imperial Japanese Army. His story of courage, mateship, and survival takes him from the prison camps of Thailand and Burma to the fight for reparations for all Australian POWs of the Japanese.

Honest and unflinching, and with the Aussie soldier's larrakin streak, Digger's Story is an unforgettable journey.

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Joyce Duncan
# Joyce Duncan 2015-05-17 14:07
My husband has just read Digger's Story and pointed out page 91 regarding the Filthy 7. I believe the Russ King you mentioned is my grandfather Ras King (Joseph Redvers King) QX14445. 2/10th AGH. Both my Dad Eric and his sister Enid were thrilled when I read a page of the book to them today. My Dad is now 89 and joined the navy at 17 so is a veteran too. Thank you, Grandpa never talked about the war, although my Dad and Auntie both remember Jim Burroughs so it was lovely to see them mentioned.
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    Having as a 7 year old child being told stories by my late grandfather of service in WWI, of battles where weapons were frozen, of him carrying wounded onto the beaches for the boats, running under fire with wounded across

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