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Belongings of the Real Life Railway Man on Display in Dorset


7:20am 5th February 2014

The real life story of the Railway Man, that's now a feature film starring Colin Firth, has gone on display in Blandford.

The Royal Signals Museum has launched an exhibition dedicated to British Officer Erik Lomax who was forced to work on the Thai-Burma railway, by the Japanese in World War 2.

He was tortured mercilessly and suffered severe psychological trauma from his wartime experiences. Decades later he tracked down his main captor and confronted him before making peace with him.

The Signals museum has now expanded their exhibition on Lomax to tell his story in more detail with more of his belongings that were donated by his widow Patti Lomax. A bible, a mug and a documentary film featuring his first meeting with the man who tormented him in the POW camp is showing at the display.

Adam Fortay, from the Museum, told Wessex FM the documentary they're showing is very special;

"The real meeting that you saw at the end of the film was actually filmed by a documentary film director called Mike Finlason and he's given us his permission to use that documentary in the museum. So you can actually see the real meeting between Erik Lomax and Takashi Nagase - captor - which is absolutely fascinating."

Erik sadly died just before the new feature film was completed, but his wife Patti is still determined to dig out more of his old wartime belongings for the Signals museum to use;

"We'll be adding little items as she finds them, a lot of her materials are boxed up because sadly Erik passed away as the film was finished. So a lot of his materials are in boxes and she's looking for them so we can add them to the display as we go along."

The Royal Signals exhibition in his memory is running until December.

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