March 8, 2015
Hollywood star Colin Firth, who played World War Two prisoner of war Eric Lomax in a blockbuster film, has paid tribute to the Edinburgh-born railwayman in a secret visit to his graveside.
Mr Firth, who won plaudits for his depiction of Mr Lomax’s life in the Railway Man, stayed with Mr Lomax’s widow Patti on a visit to Berwick-upon-Tweed last week, and sprinkled sand from a beach in Shetland on his grave.
Mrs Lomax said: “It is quite lovely that he took the time to visit. He and Eric hit it off right from the beginning and Colin has always said that the film really affected him.”
Mr Lomax was captured by the Japanese in 1942 and was sent on a forced march along with his fellow soldiers before being put to work building the Burma Railway. More than 100,000 people died as a result of the forced labour and barbaric conditions on the railroad, including more than 6000 British personnel.
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