An 87-year-old World War II veteran is to make a final trip to Sri Lanka to recall his wartime role there. George Davies, from Monmouth, will make the poignant trip in January with the help of the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return 2 programme. He is one of several Welsh veterans who have returned to [...]

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An 87-year-old World War II veteran is to make a final trip to Sri Lanka to recall his wartime role there.
George Davies, from Monmouth, will make the poignant trip in January with the help of the Big Lottery Fund’s Heroes Return 2 programme.

George Davies

He is one of several Welsh veterans who have returned to places they served during the war.More than 830 veterans, widows, and spouses in Wales have so far been awarded over 1m to make similar trips.

The former bank worker in Carmarthen was initially called up for war duty in 1943 and trained as a wireless operator in the RAF, before being transferred to the Navy as a telegraphist.

But, following VE Day in May 1945, George was discharged and sent to a transit camp in Colombo, Sri Lanka where his focus would be on the war in the Pacific and combating the threat from the Japanese Imperial Navy.

“This will probably be my last chance to do this trip,” said Mr Davies.

Courtesy BBC




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