A WORLD War Two hero who escaped from Nazi prison camps four times has died aged 101.
David Thomas Davies refused to speak about his wartime experiences for many years, even to friends and family.
But he later revealed how he was desperate not to remain in German hands and would repeatedly try and escape.
He said: “I thought, ‘I need freedom. I don’t want to be a prisoner’, and that’s what drove me to keep on going.”
The Royal Artillery veteran was first captured in Crete in 1941.
He was taken on a cattle truck to Austria but escaped and made it to Hungary.
He was recaptured but fled again and rejoined the fighting in Yugoslavia.
Mr Thomas, of Dryslwyn, Carmarthenshire, wrote books in Welsh and English called All for Freedom: A True Story of Escape from the Nazis.
In 2008, he was given the freedom of Carmarthenshire award in celebration of his 100th birthday.
Tributes have been paid to the war hero and former country councillor.
Carmarthenshire Council leader Emlyn Dole, said: “We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of DT Davies, a true gentleman in every sense of the word. He was a man with a huge strength of character.
“On behalf of the council, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his family. DT was a wonderful man, and he will be sorely missed.”
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Councillor Cefin Campbell said: "I knew David Thomas very well, and it was a great honour for me to be one of his successors, covering the same area as a councillor. But I could never walk in his footsteps, he was such a remarkable man.
"He was a war hero and for the local community he was a hero in a different way, and did everything with great humility.
“He gave his all to make sure that his community and its people were successful and his commitment to public life in Carmarthenshire and beyond is something that we all look up to."