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The forgotten story of the 'first' great escape has re-emerged almost 100 years later after a PoW's treasure trove of belongings was uncovered.
Lieutenant Thomas Frank Burrill was a detainee at Holzminden prisoner of war camp, located in northern Germany, on the night of July 23 1918 when a mass bid for freedom was made less than four months before the end of World War I.
Ultimately the tunnel troops had spent nine months digging using just pieces of cutlery collapsed when only 29 of the PoWs had managed to crawl free, with 19 later captured and 10 making it to the safety of neutral Holland before being welcomed back to Britain as heroes.
The story has come to light again as never-seen-before items owned by Lt Burrill, a fighter pilot shot down from his Airco DH.4 in April 1918, are set to be auctioned on Wednesday.