2018 - At a Brave Argyll's grave at Kanchanaburi
Corporal (Ret) Andrew Mason is the Manager of Death Railway Tours where our company was borne from many visits to the River Kwai region over 20 years. He is the son of an ExPOW who served in Malaya, Singapore and Japan. His grandfather served in the Somme and Villers Bretonneux during WW1. Andrew became a junior Legatee at the age of six and represented Junior Legacy in Canberra on ANZAC Day in 1988 with the Governor General. In 1991 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Police where he duxed his RAAF Police Course.
In 1996 Andrew was presented with an Officer Commanding’s Commendation for the diligent work he performed on a RAAF base homicide. Andrew is a qualified Military Police Investigator and trained in Counter Intelligence practices. He has served at various military establishments domestically and internationally throughout his RAAF career. In 1998 he represented the RAAF at the opening of the Hellfire Pass Museum and became a foundation friend of the Thai-Burma Railway Centre in 2003. The same year he qualified for his black belt in the Korean Martial Art of Hapkido and published his travel book on Singapore & Thailand titled, ‘A Different Brand of English’.
Andrew has visited Thailand and surrounding countries on many occasions with family, friends and organised tour groups on ANZAC Days as tour leader – he has walked Hellfire Pass with exPOWs & thier families.
In 2016 he completed a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management with Charles Sturt University.
‘To remember the men of the Death Railway’.
As we walk through the gates of the two cemeteries in Kanchanaburi (Thailand) or Thanbyuzayat (Burma) we collectively visit and pay respects to all the lads there both in memory and spirit. Whilst we may not physically visit all men, our presence is respectful and representative to the aggregate. One flower placed on any grave or the Cross of Sacrifice may be representative of the 7,000 flowers you could place for each man.