TURNER: Roy

 

Died 25 November 2013, aged 93: St Helen’s Church was crowded on December 5 for the funeral of Roy Turner, of The Russets, Sandal, who until his death owas one of a dwindling band of survivors of the notorious Burma Railroad, the horrors of which were highlighted in the landmark film The Bridge on the River Kwai. Roy, then a lance-corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals, was captured by the Japanese during the Fall of Singapore in 1942 and with other PoWs was forced to work in dense jungle building the railroad linking Burma and Thailand. He remained a prisoner until the end of the war and in the 1980s returned to visit the railway. It was important journey for him and after that he would often give talks about his terrible experiences and the ill-treatment of his comrades at the hands of their Japanese guards. When he retired, Roy was managing director of Tarmac Homes Yorkshire Ltd. He was a freemason and a member of Calder Probus Club; he had also been a member of Round Table and Wakefield 41 Club. He was the oldest member of Wakefield Golf Club where a wake was held after the funeral. Roy died the day before his 94th birthday. 

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