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James McDermott

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James McDermott

A photo of James McDermottJames McDermott discusses the service of his father, Claude McDermott, who was captured and held for 3 and a half years as a POW in Singapore during World War 2.

Claude was left with lasting physical health issues and he also struggled mentally and emotionally to deal with the trauma of his experience in Changi prison, and he passed away at only 51 years of age.

James talks about the incredible pride he and his whole family have in Claude’s service for Australia, and James marches every Anzac Day wearing Claude’s medals.

James also expresses the ‘relief’ at being able to tell his father’s story: ‘I’m here today telling that story and feeling very proud’.

Watch James’ interview at the Tweed Heads Yarn Up.

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