Gallantry medals won by veteran soldier in Burma Force 136 Special forcesHelp is finally at hand for a dwindling band of veterans who fought the Japanese in Burma.

When he was barely in his teens Saw Ba Kyaw delivered messages between British officers behind enemy lines in wartime Burma. He was too small to carry a rifle so he was given a lighter Sten sub-machinegun instead.

Making his way back through the jungle in heavy rain one night, he realised that he was surrounded by Japanese soldiers. In his bag was a letter, and a British officer had told him: “If you die, it doesn’t matter — but keep the letter safe.”

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