It is with great sadness we have just heard that Bill Griffiths passed away at his home in Blackpool, UK on 20th July 2012, with his wife Alice by his side.
To Alice and the whole family we extend our sincere condolences. Great men like Bill inspire us all. Remembered with great affection. John Dunlop and family.
In March 1942 a bomb blast left British Royal Air Force driver Bill Griffiths blinded, with both hands blown off and one leg badly injured. He was taken to Allied General Hospital in Bandoeng where there were several doctors and nurses alike who though it would be kinder to let the young man die. As commanding officer of the , the newly temporary Lieutenant-Colonel Weary Dunlop determinedly kept him alive … Bill’s book “Blind to Misfortune” tells of a life of incredible personal courage, never allowing himself to become an object of pity.
Certainly Bill could not have got where he has without the care and devotion of Alice, his wife. Their story is one of remarkable courage, told with no trace of bitterness and with a generous helping of laughter. It is a measure of the man that Bill can end his story with the words, “I’ve been lucky”!