Some Sad News
David Digger Barrett now lives on in the pages of his book. Sadly Digger passed away at the ripe old age of 90 years on Sunday 22 July 2012 at Greenslopes Hospital in Brisbane. We were both looking forward very much to launching our book which was a joint effort of both of us. The launches will still go ahead as planned but unfortunately I will be the only one signing the books.
Brian Robertson, co-author of 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.
It 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.