Ernest Brough was born and grew up in rural Victoria. He put his age up to enlist in the Australian Army during World War II, and saw active service in Palestine before being captured and taken to POW camps in Italy and Austria. There, from the notorious Spittal camp, Ernest and two others escaped on foot on the night of Good Friday, 1944.
Ernest survived his wartime experiences, returned to Australia where he married and had a family, and lives today outside Geelong, in Victoria. Ernest has told his story to Greg Baum, Age journalist and writer.