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98-year-old PoW finally tells of his brutal war in Japan

Jim Crossan was among thousands still caught up in the continuing horrors of the war against Japan.

A 98-year-old former Japanese prisoner of war has finally told of his "inhuman experience" in the conflict in the Far East after a lifetime of burying it away.

Britain will this weekend mark the 70th anniversary of the day victory over Japan finally ended the Second World War.

Jim Crossan was serving as a corporal with the Royal Army Service Corps when he was among the 80,000 Allied soldiers who surrendered when Japan took Singapore in 1942.

Jim Crossan finally sent a message home in September 1945 to end his fiancee's heartache as the conflict in the Far East continued beyond Europe's passage into peace.

He was put to work on the infamous "Death Railway" as well as the similarly heinous but less well known "Road of Death", while moving through a series of prisoner of war camps.

It saw him housed in the same camp as Eric Lomax, whose story was told in the 2013 film The Railway Man.

Jim describes his war to ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies and reveals how he kept a picture of his beloved fiancee Jean in his pocket throughout the years of beatings and brutality.