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Honour for elephant hero

Published 01/11/2010 | 05:00

The story of a British man who rescued hundreds of people during World War II using a herd of elephants in an operation dubbed a "Far Eastern Dunkirk" will now be told in full for the first time.

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Gyles Mackrell, a 53-year-old tea planter, saved 200 Burmese refugees from the banks of a flooded river using elephants to get them to safety.

The Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge is to pay tribute to Mr Mackrell's bravery.

Irish Independent

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