The Courier-Mail

Wartime Great Escape survivor dies aged 101


IT’S believed there is just one survivor of World War II’s socalled Great Escape pe left alive after Australian­n airman Paul Roylele died aged 101.

Mr Royle (picctured) was one of 76 prisoners who broke ke out of German prissoner-of-war camp Staalag Luft III in 1944.

Their feat was subsequent­lyse tl made into a feature film called The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen.

Mr Royle died on Sunday at Hollywoodo­llywood Hospital in Perth fo following surgery on a fractured hip.

The 101-year-old wa was injured when he fell at an agedcareca facility.

“Dad continued to live his life to the full,”fu the veteran’s son, Gordon Royle, told the ABC, which reported the now sole remaining survivor of the escape is 94-year-old British man Dick Churchill.

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