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A WW2 veteran has met an old ‘enemy’ for the first time.

Sir Harold Atcherley, 97, who used to live in Long Melford, was a PoW who was forced by the Japanese to work on the notorious Burma-Thailand ‘death railway.’

Mr Mikio Kinoshita, 95, was a Japanese army engineer on that railway. The pair met up in London on Monday. Sir Harold said: “The thought behind the invitation is to extend the hand of friendship and human understanding after so many years of misunderstanding, before it is too late.”



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