Ex-PoW dies minutes after D-Day tribute
Published Date:- 13 June 2009
A FORMER soldier who had finally come to terms with what happened to him during the Second World War died only minutes after he marked D-Day.
Former prisoner of war Tony Darby, 91, was surrounded by his family as he paid tribute to his fallen comrades.
After listening to the last post from the Normandy beaches on Saturday, he closed his eyes and quietly passed away.
Yesterday, his daughter Angela Robinson, 59, said: "For most of his life he'd refused to talk about the war but in his later years he had gradually opened up about it. I think he was very much at peace on Saturday."
Mr Darby was originally from Bradford in West Yorkshire but for the last three years of his life lived in Stonehaven.
He was sent to Singapore in 1941 and a week later was captured by the Japanese, spending the next four years working on the infamous Burma railway.
Ms Robinson said: "Dad was badly beaten and bore scars for the rest of his life."