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Tony's Story

In the Spring of 1944 a young RAF pilot named Tony Bethell found himself tunneling to freedom with a group of fellow POWs’. Upon escaping most of these men were recaptured and shot to death by the Gestapo. This historical true event was made into the 1963 movie ‘The Great Escape’ starring Steve McQueen. Tony Bethell was 1 of just 23 men who survived both the tunnel escape and the brutal murders. Though he would go on to lead a long and relatively happy life Tony suffered deeply from survivor’s guilt and on his deathbed asked his wife Lorna for one last dying wish. 5 years later Bethell Hospice was opened in dedication to Tony Bethell and his final plea “that no one should have to die a lonely death”.

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