Hero of the River Kwai

This is the story of Lieutenant Colonel Boonphong Siriwatcharaphan. Thai men who have helped Prisoners of war from the Japanese army During the second world war When the Imperial Japanese Army plans to build a railroad to cut to Burma. Therefore there were herding of prisoners of war, mostly British, Australian and Dutch allies. And Singapore to Kanchanaburi to build a railway Therefore contacted to buy food from Bunphong & Brother restaurant Which is a family owned business Of Mr. Bunphong In order to deliver to the camp at Khao Chong Kai area Along the Kwai Noi River Mr. Bunphong, when he arrived in the camp, saw the living conditions of the prisoners and found that There is a life that is extremely torture. Most of the injuries are ill due to malaria and hard work. But without medication From the environment that is dense evergreen forest There are many prisoners that have died from this. Mr Boonphong then secretly smuggled drugs and food and correspondence into the construction camp. By hiding in packages or packages, despite the risk of life In the latter, Mr Boonphong gave his daughter to take some medicine instead. From establishing friendship with Japanese soldiers Until receiving trust Boonphong subsequently met with Lieutenant Colonel Edward Weary Dunlop and Dr. Robert Hardy and Captain Stanley Pavillard. All three helped to save the prisoners of war from serious illnesses. After the war Boonphong received the George Cross (GC) award from Queen Elizabeth II when he visited Thailand in 1972. Mr. Boonphong and his wife were given the opportunity to meet. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II . later Queen Elizabeth II give the rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Mr Boonphong and gave the title of Sir to Dr. Dunlop as well. Both have jointly established the “Weary Dunlop Boon Pong Exchange Fellowship” Foundation, which provides scholarships to Thai medical students. Especially the surgeon Went to study medicine in Australia

Fun Fact For that thing he did The Allies were rewarded Mr Boonphong by giving nearly 200 vehicles seized from the Japanese army to be a business vehicle under the name of Bunphong Company

A photo of Mr Boonphong