This story was written by Peter Walker, the Grandson of Jack Walker,
A member of the 2/5 Australian General Hospital Unit -- POW
Jack Walker left his keys in Poland. Almost 70 years later his grandson Peter Walker went back, and to his great surprise, managed to find them.
As a prisoner of war in the Second World War Jack was, in his grandson’s words, “a bit of an artful dodger”. After being captured by the Germans in April 1941 while serving with a hospital unit in Greece, the Sydneysider was sent to a POW camp in the northern Polish town of Torun.
But Jack, who is now 91, quickly became known for his “lockpicking” skills and mischievous qualities, and carried with him a set of twisted wire keys fit for the purpose.
Left largely to their own devices, Jack and a few other adventurous POWs would sneak around the camp pilfering supplies.
“They would steal potatoes, coal, anything to supplement their quite meagre rations.
They even made a still and hid it somewhere in the fort,” Peter said.