A lady from Louth had quite a shock last month when she opened up a copy of a national newspaper, and saw a seventy year old photograph of her father looking back at her.
Pamela Waumsley, 76, had stumbled upon an article in the Sunday Mirror about recent film release ‘The
Railway Man’, which had been illustrated with a large photograph of Prisoners of War (POWs) working on the Burma-Siam railway during the Second World War.
Mrs Waumsley’s father, Charles Scott, was a Craftsman for the British Army. He was called up to serve his country at the start of the Second World War, when he was in his late twenties.
Within a couple of years he had been taken prisoner by the Japanese military and was forced to work on building the infamous Burma-Siam railway, which became known as ‘The Death Railway’ as so many forced labourers died during its construction. He remained a POW for almost four years.
Mrs Waumsley said: “For every railway sleeper that was laid down, a worker died.
“My dad’s mother had four sons who went to war, and all four of them came home - that didn’t happen very often.”
The distinctive photograph, pictured, shows Craftsman Scott in the background, just left-of-centre.
Mrs Waumsley said: “I just finished washing up, went to sit down and read the paper, and my dad was just there looking back at me. I couldn’t believe it!
“My dad returned home after the war when I was eight years old, I was so pleased to see him.
“He never spoke about his experiences; he would have nightmares whenever he did.”
Craftsman Scott worked as a lorry driver after the war, and lived until 1981 at the age of 70.